Tesla must install a software update for nearly 1.1 million vehicles in the United States

Tesla must install a software update for nearly 1.1 million vehicles in the United States



Tesla at the charging station. 1.1 million cars need a software update because drivers can pinch their fingers.
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According to regulatory authorities, motorists are at risk of pinching their fingers. Model 3 cars, Y, S and X are affected.

Delectric car maker Tesla is having to install a software update for nearly 1.1 million cars in the US due to safety concerns. The Federal Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Thursday referred to a malfunction in several Tesla models with the automatic window closing system. Car occupants are at risk of pinching their fingers.

Tesla cars have a sensor system that is designed to automatically detect resistance and stop the windows from closing. In some Model 3, Y, S and X vehicles, however, the resistors are not always reliably detected, NHTSA warned. Tesla said the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the malfunction. The problem should now be resolved with a software update. Affected vehicle owners will be notified from November 15. Tesla already had to launch several such memories in the United States this year.

For a long time, the company has been running software updates without notifying owners or regulators. In recent months, however, Tesla has become the target of NHTSA. The regulatory authorities launched an investigation after several collisions between Teslas and emergency vehicles.