This massive recall, in the Chinese market, caused a drop of 8% of the Tesla share.
Electric car giant Tesla will “call backMore than 285,000 cars in the Chinese market after an investigation which showed that their driver assistance software could cause collisions, the Chinese government announced Friday evening. Tesla, which has indicated that the alert concerns some of the Model 3 and Model Y, either imported or made in China, will contact affected owners and replace their software with a new version for free.
It is the latest of the problems for the self-driving car pioneer, the subject of investigation by Chinese authorities after several fatal crashes in recent months. “Due to problems with the speed control system (…) the driver can easily start it by mistake», Noted the authorities in their report. “This can cause a sudden increase in speed, and, in extreme cases, cause a collision.“.
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The automaker has also had to deal with numerous complaints on social media from its Chinese customers over quality and service issues. It culminated in the protest, at the Shanghai Auto Show and widely picked up by media and social networks, of a customer who said she nearly died due to a failure of the brake system on her vehicle.
The speed control system, which is supposed to “control vehicle speed to keep pace with surrounding trafficIs an important part of the assisted driving function, according to the Tesla website. The American company, which has been allowed, which is rare in China, to build a factory in Shanghai without a Chinese partner, is very popular in China, where it sells a quarter of its cars. The announcement of the recall caused Friday in the United States a drop of nearly 8% of the Telsa share.