Tesla recalls thousands of cars for review because drivers are freezing to death

In Tesla’s third recall this month. And if last week it was because its autonomous driving system ignored the STOP signs. Now the electric car maker has to resolvea buggy software issue affecting the heat pump.

The problem prevents the company’s new cars from heating up and affects their ability to sufficiently defog icy windows, which could compromise customer safety (potential accidents).

The recall, announced this week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), affects more than 26,000 Model S, X, 3 and Y vehicles from the years 2021 and 2022. That is, these are the latest models sold.

In addition to leaving drivers shivering in their cars, the problem can also result in an icy windshield not defrosting sufficiently, resulting in reduced visibility that could increase the risk of a collision, they explain in the NHTSA.

Tesla has not received any reports of accidents, injuries or deaths related to the problem, although several drivers have filed complaints about loss of heating performance.

Tesla drivers using the faulty software may receive an alert in the vehicle user interface informing them that the performance of the passenger compartment heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is limited or unavailable.

The NHTSA said that firmware version 2021.44.30.7 (and later versions) remedies the issue by re-entering a particular software command.

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Affected owners will be notified by email in early April and instructed to resolve the issue by ensuring they install the latest firmware via OTA update if they have not already done so.

No They are being the best months for Tesla in terms of reviews, it must be said. Because if a week ago the autonomous driving system showed failures with the STOP, days ago the manufacturer recalled almost half a million vehicles to solve a problem related to the belt.

Do you questions if your Tesla vehicle is affected and has to go through review? A quick way to find out is to go to the Tesla website and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit identification number. There you will find all the information you are looking for.