Tesla ordered to recall over one million U.S. cars due to faulty power windows

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered Tesla to recall nearly 1.1 million cars in the United States due to a safety issue with its automatic windows that could injure passengers.

NHTSA said in a notice that the power-operated windows “may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction,” which meant that the affected vehicles fail to comply with federal vehicle safety standards.

“A closing window may exert excessive force by pinching a driver or passenger before retracting, increasing the risk of injury,” NHTSA said.

The recall affects Model 3 cars from model years 2017-2022, Model Y SUVs from 2020 and 2021, Model S cars from 2021 and 2022, and Model X cars from 2021 and 2022.

NHTSA ordered Tesla to perform a software update to recalled vehicles to fix the window-reversal system, free of charge.

NHTSA also ordered Tesla to notify owners via mail letters by Nov. 15.

The world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer reportedly discovered the problem with its electric windows during production testing in August.

Tesla said in company documents that it was not aware of any warranty claims, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the recall.

The company documents also indicated that vehicles made after Sept. 13 already received the updated software to fix the issue.


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