Tesla has initiated its largest voluntary recall to date, involving nearly all of the 2.2 million vehicles it has sold in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) prompted the recall during a routine compliance audit, revealing a minor violation related to the font size of visual warning indicators.
The NHTSA found that the font size of the “visual warning indicators is smaller than 3.2 mm (1/8 inch),” a discrepancy that allegedly “could reduce the driver's detection of it when illuminated, increasing the risk of a collision,” according to the recall document. While the issue seems trivial, it falls short of the 1/8 inch font size threshold required for Brake, Park, and Antilock brake systems, necessitating the recall.
Tesla has swiftly responded to the situation, asserting that it is “not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths that may be related to this condition.” Despite the seemingly minor nature of the problem, Tesla has opted for a proactive approach, implementing a software update labeled 2023.44.30.13 to address the font size issue and enhance warning lights visibility.
The company has assured that the remedy is a straightforward software update, and the recall is not expected to cause disruptions or safety concerns for Tesla vehicle owners. The affected vehicles will receive the necessary software update in early February, as confirmed by the NHTSA.
Remarkably, this recall marks the first official recall for Tesla's much-discussed Cybertruck. The federal agency notes that the remedy for the font size issue was already introduced to Cybertruck vehicles in production. Tesla aims to rectify the font size concern through this comprehensive recall, highlighting the significance of adhering to regulatory standards, even in seemingly minor details.