Tesla owners should check for firmware updates or risk having their windows prove less than armless.
Technically, this is a recall issued and published by Tesla [PDF] From America’s National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this week, windows on affected vehicles are unable to see obstacles, putting customers at risk of a “pinch injury.”
In other words, fingers, elbows or worse can get caught in the window when closing it. The technology to prevent limbs and other things from getting stuck is decades old, and Tesla has a million-car problem with it.
The notice estimates that the issue affects approximately 1,100,000 US customers who have purchased Muskmobiles in the past five years. These include the Model S and X manufactured between 2021 and 2022, the Model 3 manufactured between 2017 and 2022, and the Model Y manufactured between 2020 and 2022.
The bug was identified by Tesla technicians late last month, and after weeks of testing, the automaker created an over-the-air firmware update to fix it. The good news is that most Tesla customers don’t have to go to the dealership for installation.
Specifically, the software fix, we’re told, will recalibrate the vehicle’s automatic window reversing system to avoid possible injuries. In the meantime, vehicles shipped to customers after September 13th have already been patched to mitigate the issue.
And as of at least September 16, Tesla has not been aware of anyone being injured. But if you happen to own an affected Tesla, we recommend keeping your digits off the windows until you’ve confirmed your vehicle is up to date.
As Tesla battles finger pinching, Toyota faces a hardware problem again this week.
Corresponding ReutersToyota could be forced to close its 10 production lines at seven Japanese factories for a period of up to 12 days due to an ongoing chip shortage.
While supply of some chips may improve, the auto industry continues to be dogged by shortages in other components. Reuters reports that Toyota now expects to produce around 800,000 vehicles worldwide in October, around 100,000 fewer than expected.
In July, the automaker blamed a combination of semiconductor shortages and COVID-19 for the ongoing production problems that have dragged on for months.
in one tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk downplayed the bug, lashing out that it must be classified as a recall even though it can be fixed remotely. One could imagine hundreds of thousands of lightning engines needing to be taken off the road and repaired when that’s not actually the case.
“The terminology is outdated and imprecise,” complained the tech tycoon. “This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there were no injuries.”
And that’s not the only fire Tesla is trying to put out this week. A Tesla Megapack battery at a California substation on Tuesday literally caught fire, prompting officers to close several roads and issue a shelter-in-place order in the Moss Landing area of Monterey Bay.
The inferno at the 182.5 MW facility, operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, reportedly took about 20 hours to contain, in part because standard practice for containing fires involving lithium-ion batteries is to shut them down to burn out.
The registry has reached out to Tesla for further comments on the recall and over-the-air update. Given that the store hired their media relations team in 2020, we might as well send our request to
https://www.theregister.com/2022/09/22/tesla_update_nhtsa_fingers/ Update your Tesla or your fingers could get caught in the windows • The register