Tesla recalls more than 40,000 vehicles over alarming steering assist issue
Austin, Texas - A problem that could mean a potential loss of steering assistance has prompted US carmaker Tesla to recall more than 40,000 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles.
According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall requires a software update that will be made available to customers.
According to the statement, a firmware release changed calibration values for the electronic power assist steering (EPAS) system. In rare cases on certain 2017-2021 Model S and Model X vehicles, the updated calibration values may result in reduced or lost power steering assist due to forces from external road dynamics (i.e. potholes or bumps) being inadvertently classified as unexpected steering assist torque.
"Reduced or lost power steering assist does not affect steering control, but could require greater steering effort from the driver, particularly at low speeds," the statement reads.
An estimated 1% of recalled vehicles have the defect, according to the release.
Tesla said that that, as of November 1, 97% of the recalled vehicles have installed a new update that addresses the issue, and no further action is necessary from those owners.
As of November 1, Tesla identified 314 vehicle alerts for this condition among US vehicles that are related to or may be related to this condition. Tesla is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to this condition.
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