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Tesla issues recall for 250,000 cars in China over assisted driving acceleration

The Model 3 and Y "recalls" will take place entirely remotely, via a software update.

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Tesla Model 3 and Model Y owners in China will soon receive an over-the-air software update to handle a new recall. Those with affected vehicles won't actually need to partake in the typical "recall" motions, since there will be no reason for them to drop by a Tesla service center.

According to a Reuters report Monday, China's State Administration for Market Regulation said just under 250,000 Tesla EVs are included in the recall. Specifically, the vehicles may feature a quirk associated with an assisted driving function. Drivers may inadvertently flick the system on, which can produce sudden, if not unexpected, acceleration. In turn, a driver may lose control of the vehicle. The report said the recall includes both Model 3 and Model Y vehicles assembled in the US and locally in China.

Tesla does not operate a public relations department to field requests for comment and CEO Elon Musk hasn't spoken of the recall on Twitter. The automaker also hasn't indicated that a similar recall and update will be coming to US- or European-spec cars, though the China recall could preview such an update.

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Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.

Article updated on June 28, 2021 at 12:43 PM PDT

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