According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the Chinese government announced, Friday evening, that Tesla indicated that the alert concerns some Model 3 and Y, imported or manufactured in China, so it will communicate with the affected owners and. It will replace the program with a new version for free.
These are the latest problems with innovative self-driving cars under investigation by Chinese authorities, after several fatal accidents in recent months.
“Due to problems with the cruise control system (…), the driver can easily start it by mistake,” the authorities noted in their report, which “may cause a sudden increase in speed and, in extreme cases, cause a collision.” .
The car manufacturer also had to face numerous complaints from Chinese customers on social media, who questioned quality and service issues.
It all culminated in a protest at the Shanghai Auto Show, widely promoted by media and social networks, by a customer who revealed that she almost died from a brake system failure in her car.
Cruise control, which is designed to “control the vehicle’s speed to follow surrounding traffic,” is an important part of the driving assistance function, Tesla’s website says.
And the American company, which, a rarity in China, is allowed to build in Shanghai without a Chinese partner, is very popular in China, where it sells a quarter of its cars.
The announcement of the auto recall on Friday caused a nearly 8% drop in Tesla shares in the United States.