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Tesla recalls over 1.6 million vehicles in China due to steering software issues.

According to the country’s regulator, Tesla is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles in China due to issues with steering software and door-locking systems.

The recall affects its models S, X, 3, and Y, as well as 7,538 imported vehicles.

The issues will be resolved through remote software updates, eliminating the need for vehicles to be taken to dealerships or garages.

It comes less than a month after Tesla recalled two million vehicles in the United States due to software issues with autopilot.

The Chinese regulator stated in May of last year that over a million vehicles may have acceleration and braking system issues.

The American electric vehicle behemoth then discovered issues with its assisted driving and door-locking systems.

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) in China described the planned vehicle update as a recall, although it will take place remotely.

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According to the SAMR, Tesla will release an over-the-air software update for a total of 1,610,105 vehicles, including imported Models S and X and China-made Models 3 and Y vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2023.

The regulator went on to say that this was done to address issues with the autosteer function and reduce the risk of a collision.

“For automobiles within the scope of this recall, when the automatic assisted steering function is turned on, the driver may misuse the level both combined assisted driving function, increasing the risk of vehicle collision and posing a safety hazard,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

Separately, Tesla will upgrade the software on 7,538 Model S and X vehicles to address the issue of doors that could unlock in crashes.

This is Tesla’s second recent setback in the country after China’s BYD surpassed Tesla’s global electric car sales in the fourth quarter of 2023.

In a similar move in 2022, Tesla recalled nearly 128,000 vehicles in China due to a rear motor inverter defect.

Tesla has an extensive customer market in China, where subsidies encourage people to buy electric and hybrid vehicles. By 2035, the country hopes to have a majority of cars powered by clean energy.

China also has a major manufacturing plant in Shanghai, which is Tesla’s first “gigafactory” to be built outside of the United States. According to the state news agency Xinhua, the facility will deliver 947,000 vehicles in 2023.

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