Another Tesla Recall Now for Rolling Through Stop Signs

Tesla has announced another recall of vehicles, this time for software that allows them to roll through stop signs.

Following on from its recall of nearly half a million cars for a rear view camera fault, the BEV maker is recalling a further 54,000 vehicles for the latest software issue, the BBC reports. The company says it will issue an over-the-air software update that disables the Full Self-Driving Beta (FSDB) “rolling stop” function.

All-way stop signs, common on US roads, require drivers to halt completely, before proceeding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): “Failing to stop at a stop sign can increase the risk of a crash”.

In recall documents, Tesla notes that if certain conditions are met, the “rolling stop” feature is designed to allow the vehicle to travel through all-way-stop intersections at up to 5.6mph without coming to a complete stop. These conditions include that the function must be enabled in FSDB settings; the car must be traveling below 5.6mph; no relevant moving objects, such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, are detected in the immediate area; and all roads entering the intersection have a speed limit of 30mph.

It is reported that, in January, Tesla met with NHTSA to discuss the rolling-stop feature and then decided on a voluntary recall. It covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3, and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

Tesla says it is not aware of any collisions, injuries or fatalities related to the feature. Elon Musk tweeted: “There were no safety issues. The car simply slowed to -2mph and continued forward if clear view with no cars or pedestrians.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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