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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China

Tesla Inc. recalled virtually every car it’s ever sold in China due to issues with the driver-assistance system Autopilot that increase the risk of crashes.

Carmaker will deploy over-the-air software upgrades to cars

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Move mirrors recall of 2 million vehicles in the US last month

The carmaker will deploy an over-the-air software fix to more than 1.6 million vehicles produced between August 2014 and December 2023, including locally built Model 3s and Model Ys and imported premium models, the State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement.

Tesla drivers may misuse Autopilot functions, increasing the risk of collisions and posing safety risk, the regulator said. The recall closely mirrors the carmaker’s response last month to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determining that it wasn’t doing enough to ensure drivers were using Autopilot correctly.

A Shanghai-based Tesla representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The carmaker’s shares fell as much as 1.1% before the start of regular trading Friday.

Tesla’s automated driving systems have been subject to growing scrutiny after hundreds of collisions, some of which resulted in fatalities.


Source: Bloomberg
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