Tesla recalls over 2 million vehicles in the US

NHTSA notes that warning indicators need to be of contrasting colours to background and to each other
An undated image displays Tesla logo. — Unsplash
An undated image displays Tesla logo. — Unsplash

Tesla, the leading electric vehicle manufacturer, has recalled almost all the vehicles it has ever sold in the United States because of the hard-to-read warning lights.

Tesla's recently released Cybertruck is also among over 2 million vehicles being affected by the recall. 

While reflecting on the life-threatening danger this error might pose, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration stated that the font being used by Tesla to highlight the park, brake, and anti-lock brake controls on its vehicle dashboards is below the 3.2mm size requirement that makes it difficult for drivers to properly read, which could result in severe malfunction or crashPCMag reported while citing Automotive News.

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Alongside the undersized warning signs, the regulatory body also noted that the warning indicators need to be of contrasting colours to the background and each other, with one of them displayed in red, as reported by PC Mag.

The recall's impact encompasses the following Tesla models: Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, Model Y, and 2024 Cybertruck vehicles.

Despite NHTSA using the word "recall," the company can address the error by rolling out an over-the-air software update, which means that the impacted vehicles don't need be taken to a Tesla franchise for service.

Started rolling out in January 2023, the update increases the font size of the warning signs, and is the first update that covers any under-production vehicles like Tesla's recently launched Cybertruck.

The recall follows a voluntary recall in December of Tesla vehicles due to safety concerns related to Autopilot. During that incident, the vehicle's technology failed to adequately respond when drivers disregarded warnings about the self-driving features of the vehicle.

Tesla introduced an updated version of Autopilot to resolve the issue, but numerous drivers have expressed that Autopilot in their vehicles is now either overly restrictive or not functioning correctly. One driver filed a complaint with the NHTSA, stating "The car is actually now more unsafe and distracting with disruptive beeping and alerts."