Right here is the true story behind Tesla’s “recall” of 285,000 or 249,000 autos in China

Reuters reported that Tesla “recalled” 249,855 Model 3 and Model Y models in China, and also found that owners did not have to return their vehicles. Bloomberg found that the number was higher than 285,000 vehicles and that the recall went beyond “autopilot issues”.

What the average consumer may not realize is that this “recall” is not a typical recall and that it is an issue that can be easily resolved. When the average consumer thinks of car recalls, they usually think they need to either return the vehicle for their money or return a lender until the original is fixed.

In the case of Tesla’s recent recall, that is not the case. The Reuters article tagged with Paywall briefly stated that this wasn’t an actual recall – it’s an over-the-air software update. That’s it. Twitter user Ray4Tesla found the report the article quoted and shared the translation on Twitter.

Here is the full copy of the “Recall” issued by the China State Administration for Market Regulation. Said “problem” could potentially make it easier for drivers to accidentally activate adaptive cruise control while driving. OTA minimizes the likelihood of driver error. https://t.co/bWrJZzwvKc pic.twitter.com/WrBFjXs9JO

– Ray4Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ ray4tesla) June 26, 2021

The document issued by China’s State Administration of Market Regulation states that Tesla is recalling some of its imported and domestic made-in-China 3 and Y models. Tesla will contact its customers via the Tesla Service Center to upgrade their vehicles free of charge.

The problem, according to the document, would likely result in the driver inadvertently activating the active speed feature. The document described several scenarios in which this could happen and indicated that the driver could misjudge his control of the vehicle, which could lead to an accident.

Ray4Tesla also noted that Tesla was proactively issuing the recall rather than for a regulator to identify a problem and request it.

The “recall” is a proactive and voluntary action by Tesla CN and has been filed with the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation. In contrast to other EV manufacturers, this recall takes place exclusively via OTA. https://t.co/2KYYs7Rl6U pic.twitter.com/giHryYH8UB

– Ray4Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ ray4tesla) June 26, 2021

Tesla’s decision to initiate recall measures was to address potential security risks. Nobody has to give up their car and wait forever for it to be repaired.

Autopilot is not to blame here

The Bloomberg article hinted that autopilot was a problem in this case. The real problem is that Tesla wanted to make sure it couldn’t just be activated. However, many will see these headlines and simply assume the worst without reading the article.

The “recall” is just one more example of Tesla’s emphasis on safety as a primary focus in vehicle development. In the tweet below, Elon responded to a customer who was involved in a terrible accident that would likely have killed someone if his car hadn’t been the safest car ever tested by the NHTSA. In another case, we see that Tesla takes security very seriously.

Sometimes people think it’s performance, but safety is always the primary design requirement for a Tesla

– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 25, 2021

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