Electric car manufacturer Tesla Inc. recalled 578,607 cars in the United States because the Boombox feature was problematic.
Is it a Boombox feature in Tesla electric cars? The Boombox function allows car sound to play through external speakers while the Tesla electric car is moving.
The Boombox uses a Pedestrian Warning System (PWS) speaker that can be customized by Tesla electric car users.
Electric vehicles are more difficult to hear at low speeds than gasoline-powered engines. Then the sound feature is embedded so that it is recognized by pedestrians.
Boombox can obscure necessary sound alerts, such as PWS. A law passed by the US Congress dictates that electric car makers must add noise when traveling up to 30 km/h to prevent pedestrians, cyclists and the blind from injury.
According to NHTSA, at higher speeds, the sound feature is no longer needed because tire noise, wind resistance, and other factors appear.
Quoted from Reuters today, Friday, February 11, 2022, Tesla has made 10 car recalls in the US in the last four months. In fact, in the last two weeks, Tesla has recalled four electric cars.
The company, based in Texas, USA, was highlighted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Tesla said it had no information about accidents, injuries, or deaths due to Boombox issues and sound alerts.
NHTSA found Tesla failed to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards regarding minimum sound requirements for electric vehicles.
Tesla will also carry out an over-the-air software update to disable the Boombox when the electric car is in Drive, Neutral, and Reverse modes.
Tesla's recent recall of electric cars was mostly due to a software issue. Recently NHTSA asked questions about features or community complaints. NHTSA is investigating the Tesla Autopilot driver assistance system and in-car games.
NHTSA even forced Tesla in January 2021 to officially recall 135,000 cars that had problems with touchscreens.
Tesla first introduced the Boombox in December 2020. Then in January 2021, NHTSA requested an explanation from Tesla Inc. In September, NHTSA stepped up its investigation into the matter. Tesla had argued, but finally agreed to a recall in January 2022.