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Safety: Tesla recalls nearly 363,000 vehicles over ‘advanced driver assistance’ 

*Tesla, an electric vehicle manufacturer, has announced the company will launch an over-the-air software update in the coming weeks in order to effect changes in the technology

*Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, tackles safety regulators over use of the term ‘recall’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Over the last decade, whenever a Telsa was involved in a fatal crash, Federal and state regulators conducted an investigation to determine the role of the car’s driver assist features.

Now, regulatory pressure has caused the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer to launch a recall.

The recall covers nearly 363,000 cars with Tesla’s advanced driver assistance feature, which Tesla markets as Full Self-Driving Beta, agency report said.

ConsumerConnect gathered the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), last Thursday, published a notice warning that in rare cases, cars equipped with the technology could be in violation of state and local traffic laws.

The regulatory agency said there could be an increased risk of an accident if the driver fails to intervene.

However, it was learnt that  Tesla car owners don’t really have to do anything. The EV company disclosed it would launch an over-the-air software update in the coming weeks that will make changes to the technology.

In conjunction with the regulator’s announcement, Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tesla, however, took exception to NHTSA’s using the term “recall” to describe the action.

Must tweeted: “The word ‘recall’ for an over-the-air software update is anachronistic and just flat wrong!”

In its notice, NHTSA reportedly said it had previously informed Tesla of its concerns about the technology, and how it responds to certain driving conditions in the EV automobile market.

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