AUSTIN, Texas: Due to increased risks caused by a fault in its automatic window reversal system, electric vehicle maker Tesla has recalled nearly 1.1 million cars in the U.S.
Tesla told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it would conduct an over-the-air software update of the faulty system, which will cover some 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a closing window without the proper automatic reversing system may exert excessive force and potentially injure the driver or passengers before retracting.
The affected vehicles have failed to comply with the requirements of a federal motor vehicle safety standard on power windows, it added.
Tesla said that during product testing held in August, its employees discovered that the performance of its window automatic reversal system had "greater than expected variations in response to pinch detection."
After extensive additional testing, the company determined that the vehicles' pinch detection and retraction performance in the test results did not meet requirements for automatic reversal systems, it added.
The software update "enhances the calibration of the vehicle's automatic window reversal system behavior," the company added.
In a Twitter post last week, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk criticized the description of the callback as a recall, stating, "The terminology is outdated and inaccurate. This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries."