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Tesla recalls nearly 1.1 million US vehicles to update window reversal software

Tesla recalls nearly 1.1 million US vehicles to update window reversal software
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WASHINGTON, September 22 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) is recalling nearly 1.1 million US vehicles because the automatic window reversal system may not react properly after detecting an obstruction, increasing the risk of injury.

The electric vehicle manufacturer told Traffic Safety on National HighwaysAdministration (NHTSA) that would perform an over-the-air software update of the automatic window rollback system. The recall covers some 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.

Tesla said it was not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, accidents, injuries or deaths related to the recall.

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NHTSA said a window that closes without the proper automatic reversing system can exert excessive force by pinching the driver or passenger before retracting, increasing the risk of injury.

NHTSA said the vehicles did not meet the requirements of a federal motor vehicle safety standard on power windows.

Tesla said that during product testing in August, employees identified the performance of the automatic window reversal system as having “larger-than-expected variations in response to puncture detection.”

After additional extensive testing, Tesla determined that the detection and retraction performance of the vehicles in the test results did not meet the requirements for auto-reversing systems.

Tesla said that as of September 1. On January 13, vehicles in production and prior to delivery received a software update that establishes power window operation as required.

The software update “improves the behavior calibration of the vehicle’s automatic window reversal system,” Tesla said.

Tesla shares fell 3.5% in trading on Thursday afternoon.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk criticized on Twitter Thursday the description of the callback as a recall.

“The terminology is outdated and inaccurate. This is a small over-the-air software update. To our knowledge, there have been no injuries,” he said.

Both NHTSA and Tesla in documents made public on Thursday he referred to the campaign as a retirement.

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Information from David Shepardson; Edited by Mark Potter and Mark Porter

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