Tesla is recalling approximately 200,000 Model S, X, and Y vehicles in the United States due to a software malfunction affecting rearview visibility during reversing, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Friday.
This recall follows a recent comprehensive recall by the company, where nearly all its U.S. vehicles were called back for the installation of new safety measures in the Autopilot advanced driver-assistance system.
The NHTSA highlighted that the rearview malfunction, attributed to software instability, has the potential to impair driver visibility and escalate the risk of collisions. The affected models are the S, Y, and X from the 2023 production year, Tesla specified.
In response to the issue, Tesla has promptly released a free over-the-air (OTA) software update, as confirmed by the NHTSA. As of January 22, the regulator noted that Tesla had identified 81 warranty claims that might be associated with the rearview condition.
It's worth noting that the NHTSA initiated a probe in August 2021 into Tesla's Autopilot system following a series of incidents involving Tesla vehicles colliding with stationary emergency vehicles. The recent recall is separate from that investigation.