Tesla Inc. has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will perform a free-of-charge, over-the-air (OTA) software update with respect to the window automatic reversal system on various models from 2017-2022. The safety recall may affect as many as 1.1 million vehicles.
In its safety recall report, Tesla writes that it discovered the issue during production testing at the end of August 2022. At that time, technicians identified window automatic reversal system performance that had greater than expected variations with respect to pinch detection. The vehicle manufacturer then conducted additional compliance tests, with those findings resulting in Tesla making a determination that the pinch detection and retraction performance in the test results exceeded the requirements for automatic reversal systems.
“If a window is closing and detects an obstruction, the condition may increase the risk of a pinching injury to the occupant,” Tesla wrote.
The following models, potentially totaling 1,096,762 vehicles, are affected by the recall:
2017-2022 Tesla/Model 3
2021-2022 Tesla Model S
2021-2022 Tesla Model X
2020-2022 Tesla Model Y
“As of September 16, 2022, Tesla is not aware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this condition,” Tesla wrote.
Beginning on September 13, vehicles in production and in pre-delivery containment received a firmware release setting power operated window operation to the specified requirements, Tesla continues.
Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 15, 2022, according to NHTSA documentation. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752.
Tesla’s number for the recall is SB-22-00-013.