As reported by Reuters, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Friday that Tesla is recalling 2.2 million vehicles, or nearly all of its electric vehicles in the United States, due to incorrect font sizes on warning signals, which increases the risk of a collision.
A Tesla charging station is seen in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo
This is in comparison to the 2.03 million vehicles recalled by Tesla in the United States for the installation of new safeguards in its Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system two months ago. This recall was the company’s largest-ever at the time.
The NHTSA has been scrutinizing Tesla’s autonomous driving system, which is designed to allow vehicles to automatically steer, accelerate, and decelerate within their lane.
The NHTSA stated that the most recent recall involves vehicles from Tesla’s diverse lineup, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3 (2017-2023), Model Y, and 2024 Cyber truck vehicles.
“Warning lights with a smaller font size can make critical safety information on the instrument panel difficult to read, increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the NHTSA.
To address the issue, Tesla began distributing a free over-the-air software update on January 23, according to the regulator.
The font size of the visual warning indicators for the brake, park, and antilock brake system (ABS) will be enlarged as part of the software update.
In accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 135, warning indicators on hydraulic-braking vehicles must be a minimum of 3.2 millimeters (equivalent to an eighth of an inch) in height.
Additionally, the standard mandates that the written, visual warning and the background utilize contrasting colors, one of which must be red.
The report further stated that Tesla’s Cybertruck has begun receiving a software update to resolve the issue for production units.
Additionally, this recall marks the initial occurrence pertaining to the electric pickup vehicle model that Tesla commenced delivering to consumers in November.
The report states that after January 31, the service centers and retail locations of the Austin, Texas-based automaker will be informed, and owners will receive notification letters via mail.