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Tesla recalls 595,000 vehicles for second time due to its “Boombox” feature

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Tesla is recalling nearly 595,000 vehicles in the United States because of its “Boombox” function, which can play sound through external speakers and obscure audible warnings to pedestrians.

Quoted from the Associated Press, Saturday, this recall is the second time due to an error in the “Boombox” function.

The electric car company said in a government document that the new recall would disable the “Boombox” if owners used a feature that allows them to “call out” vehicles at low speeds.

The first recall in February disabled the “Boombox” if the vehicle was in drive (D), neutral (N) or reverse (R) mode.

Both withdrawals will be made with an online software update.

The recall is for select Model Y, X, and S from 2020 to 2022, as well as Model 3 from 2017 to 2022.

This was revealed in a document posted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Boombox” allows the driver to play preset or custom sounds while the vehicle is moving. This violates federal safety standards that require pedestrian warning sounds for electric cars, which make a slight noise when moving.

The February withdrawal came after the security agency opened an investigation into the matter.

NHTSA said that in 2010, Congress required electric and hybrid vehicles to make pedestrian warning sounds.

Additionally, NHTSA posted documents showing that Tesla recalled more than 7,000 Model Xs from 2021 and 2022 because the side curtain airbags may not have inflated as intended in the crash when the windows were lowered.

Owners will be notified in early June, and the service center will replace airbags in the left and right front rows.

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