Electric car giant Tesla is issuing a software update to over 285,000 Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles in China because of safety risks related to assisted driving function.
The notice from the China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said that the move is linked to an assisted driving function in the electric cars, which can currently be activated by drivers accidentally, causing sudden acceleration.
The fix, which the State Administration for Market Regulation called a recall, requires affected Tesla customers to upgrade their cruise-control software remotely and doesn’t require going to the dealer, the Chinese regulator and company said Saturday.
Tesla, making Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles at a Shanghai plant since 2019, sold 33,463 China-made electric cars in May, according to industry data
Tesla apologized on Weibo, a Chinese social media site. “We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this recall to all car owners,” the company said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Tesla will continue to improve safety in strict accordance with national requirements.”