Chinese safety regulators ordered Tesla to recall 1.1 million cars because drivers could stomp on the accelerator for too long, increasing the risk of a crash.
DETROIT — Chinese safety regulators have ordered Tesla to recall 1.1 million vehicles because drivers may stomp on the accelerator for too long, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall includes imported Model S, X, and 3 models as well as Chinese-made Models Y and 3, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a notice on Friday. The models were produced between Jan. 12, 2019, and April 24, 2023. But it was not clear from the notice. Whether those dates only apply to Chinese-made cars.
The watchdog said on its website that the recall, which began on May 29, was triggered because drivers are unable to identify the regenerative braking system and because there is no warning when they press too hard on the accelerator pedal.
The combination of these issues, she added, “may increase the possibility of accidentally depressing the accelerator pedal for too long, which can increase collision risk and pose a safety hazard.”
Regenerative braking takes energy that would be lost from stopping the vehicle and uses it to help recharge the battery in gas-electric and gas-electric hybrid vehicles. When it works, the vehicles don’t move as well as they would without it.
The regulator said Tesla will use an online software update to fix the problem.
It was not clear if the draw would extend to other markets. Messages were left on Friday for Tesla and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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