Tesla Recollects 285,000 Vehicles in China over Cruise-Management Downside

  • Tesla will recall 285,000 Model 3 and Model Y in China because of a cruise control problem.
  • The recall mainly affects around 211,000 Model 3 sedans built at Tesla’s Shanghai plant and more than 35,000 imported Model 3. The recall also affects around 39,000 Model Y crossovers, which were also built in China .
  • Tesla owners are getting a free software update to fix the problem, which is now apparently limited to China.

    On Saturday, Tesla initiated a recall of more than 285,000 cars in China over safety concerns about the Model 3 and Model Y cruise control systems. China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said that on certain models, cruise control can turn on inappropriately if the driver tries to shift gears or accidentally brushes the gear selector, which can cause the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The recall includes 249,855 Model 3 and Model Y built at Tesla’s Shanghai facility and 35,665 Model 3 imported.

    Tesla made a statement on its official account on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media site, apologizing for “any inconvenience this may cause our car owners,” and promising to “strictly follow national regulations.” and to further improve our security protection ”. Chinese Tesla owners affected by the recall will receive a free software update that they can install either wirelessly or in person.

    Tesla has faced different challenges in China in recent months. Five different Chinese regulators have expressed doubts about the quality of the Model 3s built at the Shanghai factory, and April brought negative press after a protester installed the roof of a Tesla on the automaker’s stand at the Shanghai Auto Expo and accused the company having defective brakes installed.

    Some of these factors likely contributed to Tesla’s dismal April sales in the country, with just 11,671 cars sold in China, a huge drop from 35,478 units in March. Although sales rebounded to 21,936 vehicles in May, this is still significantly lower than in March. Electric vehicle sales in general in China have skyrocketed, up 177 percent year over year (versus a 1 percent increase for passenger cars overall), and Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers like Nio and Xpeng are apparently gaining ground with the American Company lost 4 percent of its electric vehicle market share in April.

    Tesla in the US does not appear to be affected by the recall at the moment, although 35,665 of the affected Model 3s have been imported into China, although it is not clear where they were built. We’ll update this story as the Teslas recall expands in the U.S. market.

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