If you own a Tesla with Full Self-Driving Beta (FSD Beta) installed or pending installation, you may have received a notice from Tesla about a voluntary recall affecting certain Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y vehicles in the US and Canada. In this article, we’ll cover what you need to know about the FSD Beta recall, including how it may affect you and what steps you can take to stay safe on the road.
What Is the FSD Beta Recall About?
The FSD Beta recall is related to issues with Tesla’s experimental driver-assistance software, which is marketed as Full Self-Driving Beta or FSD Beta. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that the FSD Beta system may cause crashes by allowing the affected vehicles to:
- Act unsafe around intersections, such as traveling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution.
- Have trouble responding appropriately to changes in posted speed limits.
Affected vehicles were identified based on vehicle manufacturing, configuration, and software records. The recall affects only US and Canada vehicles.
Is My Vehicle Affected by the Recall?
If you’re unsure if your vehicle is affected by the FSD Beta recall, you can easily check using the Tesla VIN Recall Search or NHTSA VIN Recall Search tools. These tools will allow you to quickly and easily determine if your vehicle is affected and needs to receive the over-the-air software update to address the FSD Beta issues. Don’t delay – use the VIN search tool today to ensure your Tesla remains safe on the road.All owners can check if their VIN is affected by using either the Tesla VIN Recall Search or NHTSA VIN Recall Search tools.
If your vehicle is affected by the recall, you’ll receive an over-the-air software update that will address the issues described above.
What Should I Do If My Vehicle Is Affected?
Once the software remedy is available, Tesla will notify affected customers and deploy it over-the-air to their vehicles. The update will improve how FSD Beta negotiates certain driving maneuvers during specific conditions.
You do not need to make a service appointment for this recall, as it can be addressed by updating the vehicle software. There is no immediate action needed.
What Is FSD Beta, and Who Has Access to It?
FSD Beta is Tesla’s experimental driver-assistance software, which is marketed as Full Self-Driving Beta. It can best be summarized as a host of new features that are not yet fully debugged. The main attraction is “autosteer on city streets,” which lets a Tesla navigate around complex urban environments automatically, if imperfectly.
Only Tesla owners who have the company’s premium Full Self-Driving (FSD) driver assistance system installed in their cars can join the FSD Beta program. That option now costs $15,000 up front or $199 per month in the US. Owners must obtain a high driver-safety score, as determined by Tesla software that monitors their driving habits, and maintain it to get FSD Beta access.
Tesla has never disclosed how many people buy or subscribe to the premium FSD option.
Is FSD Beta Safe to Use?
FSD Beta is not an autonomous driving system, and it is not safe to use without a human at the wheel ready to brake or steer at any second — despite the brand name. The driver is responsible for operation of the vehicle whenever the feature is engaged and must constantly supervise the feature and intervene (e.g., steer, brake or accelerate) as needed to maintain safe operation of the vehicle.
As part of FSD Beta’s general design, the feature provides visual and audible warnings in certain circumstances to alert the driver to their constant supervisory responsibility.
What Is Tesla’s Response to the Recall?
Stay informed and take action. If you’re a Tesla owner with FSD or FSD Beta, make sure you check if your vehicle is affected by this recall on Tesla’s official support page. Don’t let misinformation or confusion cloud your judgement – click here to get the latest updates straight from Tesla.com.”