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German road traffic agency says 59,000 Tesla vehicles have software glitch

Stock Markets Jul 03, 2022 06:17AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Model Y cars are pictured during the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022. Patrick Pleul/Pool via REUTERS

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's road traffic agency said it was recalling Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) models Y and 3 because of a fault in the automatic emergency call system that affects 59,000 vehicles globally.

The KBA watchdog said on its website dated June 29 that a software flaw was causing a breakdown of the eCall, which is designed to automatically contact emergency responders in the event of a serious accident.

German regional broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, which serves the region that is home to Tesla's German model Y and battery production site near Berlin, first reported the recall on Saturday.

KBA said 59,129 vehicles were affected globally but did not specify how many of those were registered in Germany.

The software glitch is an added headache for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk after Tesla on Saturday said it delivered 17.9% fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter from the previous quarter, as China's COVID 19-related shutdown disrupted its production and supply chain.

Musk said last month that Tesla's new factories in Texas and Berlin are "losing billions of dollars" as they struggle to increase production because of a shortage of batteries and Chinese port issues.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) early in June upgraded its probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with the advanced driver assistance system Autopilot, a required step before it could seek a recall.

Tesla was not immediately available to comment.

German road traffic agency says 59,000 Tesla vehicles have software glitch
 

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Alejandro Dever
Alejandro Dever Jul 06, 2022 7:41AM ET
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So basically Tesla can fix a change in the Ecall with a seemless over the air update. And is selling record number of cars after upgrading Shanghai and Berlin. This article is upside down.
Alejandro Dever
Alejandro Dever Jul 06, 2022 7:41AM ET
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So basically Tesla can fix a change in the Ecall with a seemless over the air update. And is selling record number of cars after upgrading Shanghai and Berlin. This article is upside down.
Alejandro Dever
Alejandro Dever Jul 06, 2022 7:40AM ET
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So basically Tesla can fix a change in the Ecall with a seemless over the air update. And is selling record number of cars after upgrading Shanghai and Berlin. This article is upside down.
Nils Hullmann
Nils Hullmann Jul 03, 2022 3:13PM ET
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yeah made in germany used to have some quality...those days are long gone
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Tesla going belly up.
 
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