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Tesla is recalling thousands of Model Ys — and this time the software can’t fix the problem


Tesla Thousands of vehicles recall the Model Y—this time the word “recall” is indisputably apt.

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With other recent recalls, CEO Elon Musk expressed frustration with the word “recall” itself, since Tesla can — unlike some competitors — fix problems simply with an over-the-air software update. Traditionally, the word “recall” conveyed bringing a car to a mechanic for work.

For example, last month, under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla “recalled” More than 360,000 vehicles Equipped with a fully self-driving (FSD) pilot program due to the obvious collision risks.

But since the fix required just a software update, Musk agreed with a file Twitter The user who wrote: “It seems that terminology should be introduced to distinguish between recalls and software updates. Because you know, one requires something to be remembered and one doesn’t.”

musk answered: “Absolutely. The word “recall” for an over-the-air software update is outdated and completely wrong.”

He made a similar statement in September last year, TwitterTerminology is outdated and imprecise. That was after 1.1 million Tesla cars were “recalled” to ensure they fully complied with NHTSA safety requirements Regarding electric windows. “This is a small over-the-air software update,” Musk added.

From the start, Tesla has designed its vehicles with over-the-air fixes and updates in mind.

Last year, the consulting firm Deloitte published a study on software-defined vehicles, describing Tesla as the “exemplary leader” in this trend. “Software-defined vehicle transformation will be an inevitable trend driving the development of the automotive industry over the next five to 10 years,” she added.

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This time, however, the actual screws may be annoying, and for safety reasons they need to be secured—physically. K call report Filed by NHTSA in late February, on 3,470 Model Y vehicles (2022-2023), “one or more of the bolts securing the seatback frames to the lower seat frame may not be adjusted to specification.”

He noted that the means “the seat belt system may not operate as designed in the event of a collision, which could increase the risk of injury to occupants in the affected second-row seating positions.”

It added: “As of February 23, 2023, Tesla has identified 5 warranty claims, received between December 9, 2022 and February 14, 2023, that may be related to the conditions described above. Tesla is not aware of any injuries or deaths that may be related to such circumstances.”

luck Contacted Tesla but did not receive an immediate response.

This story originally appeared on Fortune.com

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