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Tesla recalls 2 million vehicles to fix autopilot safety issues

Tesla agreed to release a free over-the-air safety update that includes additional controls and alerts. 

Published: December 13, 2023 8:43am

Updated: December 13, 2023 8:43am

Tesla recalled more than 2 million vehicles after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that its autopilot system needs more controls to prevent misuse. 

The federal safety agency said in a letter Tuesday to Tesla that it is acknowledging the vehicle manufacturer's recall notification after the agency reviewed more than 950 crashes where autopilot was initially said to be in use. 

The agency said that when Tesla drivers used the Autosteer feature, the driver would sometimes not maintain responsibility for vehicle operation and would be unprepared to intervene as needed or recognize when Autosteer is not in use, which increases the risk of a crash.

Tesla agreed to release a free over-the-air safety update that includes additional controls and alerts. 

Tesla already issued a recall of its vehicles with Full Self Driving features in February after finding that the vehicles would violate traffic laws.  

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