Tesla is recalling more than 1 million vehicles over concerns with automatic systems for car windows that can pinch a driver or passenger and cause injury when closing. The models affected are the 2017-2022 Model 3, 2021-2022 Model S, 2021-2022 Model X, and 2020-2022 Model Y.
Tesla discovered this problem during production testing from August 19 to August 23, 2022. Engineers found that the automatic power window reversal system had “greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection,” according to the documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite the recall, Tesla said it was not aware of any injuries or claims relating to the safety issue, and a software update would fix the problem.
The company has previously recalled vehicles for features that allowed the cars to slowly roll through stop signs in some circumstances when in “full self-driving” mode, one that allowed video games to be played on a console in the middle of the dashboard even when the cars were being driven, and another that allowed drivers to play sounds such a bleating goat or a fart noise outside the vehicle. NHTSA said that feature may hinder pedestrians’ ability to hear a mandatory warning sound, increasing the risk of a crash.
The electric vehicle maker said it will push out an over-the-air software update to fix the issue and will begin notifying owners on November 15. Vehicles that are currently in production have already received the software update.