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Tesla faces massive recall of over two million cars due to critical safety concerns



Safety flaw spurs recall as autopilot system raises red flags – millions of drivers affected

Tesla, the renowned electric vehicle manufacturer, is grappling with a major setback as it is forced to recall over two million cars, magnifying concerns over a substantial safety flaw. While the automaker has been in the limelight with Elon Musk’s recent unveiling of the Cybertruck, touted as a robust and secure addition to the Tesla lineup, safety experts are now sounding alarms.

Musk had confidently asserted that in an altercation between the Cybertruck and another vehicle, “you will win.” However, skepticism has arisen regarding the car’s safety features, specifically its body material termed as ‘ultra-hard stainless-steel.’ Critics, in particular, have pointed to the absence of a ‘crumple zone,’ a safety feature prevalent in many modern cars designed to absorb impact forces and protect occupants during a crash.

The safety concerns have reached a critical point as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated the recall, citing deficiencies in some cars’ Autopilot system. The investigation revealed that the driver assistance function fails to adequately prevent misuse, raising questions about driver engagement and foreseeing potential misuses.

Addressing the situation, an NHTSA spokesperson emphasized the promising role of automated technology in enhancing safety but stressed the need for responsible deployment. Elon Musk responded, assuring an ‘over the air’ update to rectify the issue automatically without requiring a visit to the dealership, although the NHTSA officially designates this as a recall.

This recall unfolds against the backdrop of ongoing safety inquiries into Tesla vehicles by the NHTSA. The regulatory body aims to ensure the responsible development and implementation of automated systems to prioritize safety.

The situation poses a notable challenge for Musk and Tesla, echoing a past awkward incident in 2019 when the Cybertruck’s supposedly ‘shatterproof’ glass faltered during a live demonstration. The latest recall underscores the complexities and scrutiny that accompany the integration of advanced technologies in the automotive industry.


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