Tesla Recalls Over 285,000 Vehicles in China, Most of Them Locally Made

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The Wall Street Journal 26 June, 2021 - 07:26am 61 views

The recall of the U.S. company’s automobiles came after an investigation into possible defects, which found that their cruise-control system could be accidentally activated and potentially result in an unexpected speed increase, the State Administration for Market Regulation said Saturday.

The recall includes 249,855 Model 3 sedans and Model Y compact crossover vehicles manufactured by Tesla’s Shanghai plant, as well as 35,665 imported Model 3 cars, the regulator said.

Affected Tesla customers can upgrade their cruise-control software remotely without having to go to the store, according to the company and the market regulator.

The regulator said it received a request from Tesla a few days earlier for the recall, which affects vehicles produced between December 2019 and June 2021.

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Tesla's China autopilot recall to cover most of its cars there | Fin24

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In many cases the recall is expected to be done remotely with an online update to the cars' active cruise control feature. Tesla will upgrade the software for free.

The State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on Saturday that the action would involve some 211,256 locally produced Model 3 vehicles and 35,665 imported ones, as well as 38 599 China-made Model Ys.

The cars' autopilot systems can be activated automatically, potentially leading to crashes from sudden acceleration, the Chinese agency said.

Tesla has faced various setbacks in China over recent months. A protest at the Shanghai auto show in mid-April went viral, while there was concern a number of crashes would sour public opinion toward billionaire Elon Musk's California-based company.

Some local governments and official institutions were also reviewing Tesla ownership among their staff, citing concerns that the cars pose security risks, Bloomberg News reported. Still, a sales surge of the China-made Model Y in May eased the worries to some extent.

Local registration data as of May shows Tesla delivered more than 275,000 imported and domestically-made Model 3s and Model Ys in China since 2019.

The action announced Saturday will include certain imported Model 3 cars produced between Jan. 12 and Nov. 27, 2019, some locally produced Model 3 made between Dec. 19, 2019, and June 7, 2021, and Model Y Teslas manufactured this year through June 7.

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Tesla software fault leads to big China recall

Bangkok Post 26 June, 2021 - 09:10am

US EV maker says assisted driving system needs fixing in 285,000 cars

published : 26 Jun 2021 at 14:45

writer: AFP

BEIJING: The electric car giant Tesla will recall over 285,000 cars from the Chinese market after an investigation found issues with its assisted driving software that could cause road collisions, a government regulator announced late Friday.

Tesla would contact affected users to upgrade their vehicle's software remotely for free, a State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) notice said, adding that it affects some imported and domestically manufactured Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.

"The recall plan was filed with the State Administration of Market Regulation, and it was decided to recall the following vehicles from today," SAMR said.

The order is the latest blow to the American self-driving car pioneer, which has come under growing regulatory scrutiny in China due to several deadly collisions involving Tesla vehicles in recent months.

"Due to issues with the cruise control system... the driver can easily activate the cruise control function by mistake," the Chinese government agency said in the notice.

"A sudden increase in vehicle speed will occur, which could... in extreme cases, cause a collision, posing safety hazards."

The carmaker has also been targeted by numerous social media complaints from Chinese users regarding quality and service issues, culminating in a high-profile customer protest at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.

The cruise control function, which "matches the speed of your car to that of the surrounding traffic" is a key part of Tesla's Autopilot assisted driving function, according to the manufacturer's website.

Tesla's road in China appeared to be paved with gold after founder Elon Musk was granted rare permission to build a wholly owned factory in Shanghai that has allowed it to accelerate to the head of the pack in China's huge electric car market.

The company is hugely popular in China, where it sells one out of every four of its cars.

The firm announced last month it would be setting up a data centre in China, following user backlash over fears that their data could be passed over to the US.

Tesla shares fell almost 8% upon the news during US trading hours Friday.

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Tesla recalls more than 285,000 vehicles in China over cruise control safety concerns

The Verge 26 June, 2021 - 08:02am

Most of the affected vehicles were made in China at Tesla’s Shanghai plant

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said Saturday that the recall includes 249,855 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles that were made in Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai, and 35,655 Model 3 vehicles which were imported, all produced between December 2019 and June 2021, the WSJ reported. According to the regulator the vehicles’ cruise control systems could be activated by accident, causing them to speed up unexpectedly. Owners can upgrade their vehicles’ cruise control systems software remotely.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment sent to its press email on Saturday; the company disbanded its press office and doesn’t usually respond to media requests. The WSJ reported that Tesla posted an apology to its page on Weibo, a social media platform in China.

Tesla signed an agreement to build a facility in China in 2018, and began delivering cars produced at its Shanghai Gigafactory in December 2019. The company said its goal was to produce 500,000 vehicles per year in China, the largest electric vehicle market in the world.

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Tesla 'recalls' almost 300,000 vehicles in China due to software issue

Independent.ie 26 June, 2021 - 05:39am

Almost 300,000 Teslas will be recalled in China.

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Chinese regulators said on Saturday Tesla Inc would recall nearly 300,000 China-made and imported Model 3 and Model Y cars for an online software update related to assisted driving.

Owners are not required to return their vehicles.

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said on its website that the move is linked to an assisted driving function in the electric cars, which can currently be activated by drivers accidentally, causing sudden acceleration.

"The recall plan was filed with the State Administration of Market Regulation, and it was decided to recall the following vehicles from today," SAMR said.

"Due to issues with the cruise control system...the driver can easily activate the cruise control function by mistake," the Chinese government agency said in the notice.

"A sudden increase in vehicle speed will occur, which could...in extreme cases, cause a collision, posing safety hazards."

The remote online software recall - a first for Tesla cars built in China - covers 249,855 China-made Model 3 and Model Y cars, and 35,665 imported Model 3 sedans.

Tesla, now making Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles in Shanghai, sold 33,463 China-made electric cars in May, according to industry data.

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Tesla to recall over 285,000 cars in China due to faulty autopilot

HT Auto 26 June, 2021 - 02:32am

Tesla Inc. plans to recall more than 285,000 electric vehicles sold in China to address risks associated with its autopilot feature after an investigation conducted by the country’s market regulator.

The electric car maker will recall 211,256 locally-produced Model 3 vehicles and 35,665 imported ones, as well as 38,599 China-made Model Ys because their autopilot systems are too easily-activated during a drive and could potentially lead to car crashes, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement Saturday. Tesla will upgrade the autopilot system for the recalled cars for free, it said.

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Local registration data as of May shows Tesla delivered more than 275,000 imported and domestically-made Model 3s and Model Ys in China since 2019, suggesting most of the delivered cars will be recalled on the safety issues.

The decision was made after the market regulator conducted an investigation related to product defects, according to the statement. The recalled cars will include some imported Model 3 produced between Jan. 12 to Nov. 27 in 2019, some locally-produced Model 3 made between Dec. 19, 2019 to June 7 2021, and Model Y manufactured this year through June 7.

Tesla has faced some setbacks in recent months. A protest at the Shanghai auto show in mid-April went viral, while there was concern a spate of crashes would sour public opinion toward the California-based company. Some local governments and official institutions were also reviewing Tesla ownership among their staff, citing concerns the cars pose security risks, Bloomberg reported. Still, a sales surge of China-made Model Y in May eased the worries to some extent.

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Tesla to 'recall' nearly 300,000 China-made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles

CNBC 26 June, 2021 - 12:06am

Chinese regulators said on Saturday Tesla would 'recall' nearly 300,000 China-made and imported Model 3 and Model Y cars for an online software update related to assisted driving, with owners not required to return their vehicles.

The State Administration for Market Regulation said on its website that the move is linked to an assisted driving function in the electric cars, which can currently be activated by drivers accidentally, causing sudden acceleration.

The remote online software 'recall' — a first for Tesla cars built in China — covers 249,855 China-made Model 3 and Model Y cars, and 35,665 imported Model 3 sedans.

Tesla, now making Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles in Shanghai, sold 33,463 China-made electric cars in May, according to industry data.

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Tesla will update its Autopilot software on around 285,000 vehicles in China because drivers are switching it on by mistake, a state regulator says

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China's State Administration for Market Regulation announced the remote software "recall" for vehicles made locally and abroad, according to Reuters and Bloomberg News.

Some drivers in China accidentally turned on the assisted driving software while in motion, causing their vehicles to either quickly speed up or slow down, the regulator said in its statement.

"Due to issues with the cruise control system ... the driver can easily activate the cruise control function by mistake," the regulator said, according to Agence France-Presse. "A sudden increase in vehicle speed will occur, which could ... in extreme cases, cause a collision, posing safety hazards."

Tesla filed the recall plan with the regulator. The company will begin the updates on Saturday, the regulator said. 

The EV maker will update the software on 211,256 Model 3 vehicles made in China, along with 35,665 imported Model 3 vehicles. The software on 38,599 Model Y vehicles made in China will also be updated. 

Insider reached out to Tesla for comment. 

China remains the world's top market for electric vehicles, and it's an important market for Tesla. As Insider's Anna Cooban reported, the company has invested in a Shanghai factory to produce vehicles, allowing it to offer more competitive prices in the region. Some analysts have worried Beijing may attempt to rein in the company.

The company's China operations were "ramping up quickly," CEO Elon Musk told investors in April. China and the US accounted for 69% of the company's revenue in 2020, up from 56% in 2015, according to Morningstar analysts. 

Tesla's May sales in China jumped by about 29% from the previous month.

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