Tesla to recall nearly all its US vehicles in largest-ever recall

This isn't Tesla's first encounter with massive recalls. Just recently, the company made headlines with its largest-ever recall to install new safeguards in its Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system, highlighting the ongoing challenges in perfecting cutting-edge technology.

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In a significant move, Tesla is recalling approximately 2.2 million vehicles in the United States, encompassing nearly all its electric vehicles. The recall is attributed to a font size issue on warning lights, identified as a potential safety concern that could elevate the risk of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the announcement on Friday, shedding light on the particulars of this massive recall.

Nature of the Recall

The recall pertains to an incorrect font size on warning lights within Tesla's various models, spanning the Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, Model Y, and 2024 Cybertruck vehicles. The NHTSA emphasized that warning lights with a smaller font size might compromise the readability of critical safety information on the instrument panel, thereby increasing the likelihood of accidents.

Risk Mitigation Measures

To address the font size issue swiftly, Tesla has initiated the release of an over-the-air software update. This update aims to rectify the problem at no additional cost to vehicle owners. By increasing the letter font size of crucial warning indicators such as brake, park, and antilock brake system (ABS), Tesla intends to enhance visibility and mitigate the associated safety risks.

NHTSA Scrutiny on Tesla's Autopilot System

This recall has come on the heels of heightened scrutiny by the NHTSA regarding Tesla's Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system. The NHTSA has been closely monitoring Tesla's autonomous driving aid, designed to enable cars to autonomously handle steering, acceleration, and braking within their designated lanes.

Previous Recall and Ongoing Compliance Measures

Notably, this recall surpasses Tesla's previous record, where it recalled 2.03 million vehicles in the United States just two months ago. That recall was initiated to implement additional safeguards in the Autopilot system. 

Cybertruck Software Update

The 2024 Cybertruck, part of the affected models, is set to receive a software update to rectify the font size issue for units currently in production. 

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