Update your Tesla or your fingers could get caught in the windows • The Registry


Tesla owners should check for firmware updates, or risk their windows turning out less than (h)armless.

According to what is technically a recall issued by Tesla and published [PDF] by the U.S. National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this week, the windows of affected vehicles may not detect obstructions and put customers at risk of a “pinch.”

In other words, fingers, elbows or worse can get caught in the window when closing. The technology to keep limbs and other objects from getting stuck is decades old, and Tesla has a million-car problem with it.

The advisory estimates that the issue affects approximately 1,100,000 US customers who have purchased Muskmobiles in the past five years. This includes Model S and X manufactured between 2021 and 2022, Model 3 manufactured between 2017 and 2022 and Model Y manufactured between 2020 and 2022.

The fault was identified by Tesla technicians late last month, and after weeks of testing the automaker produced an over-the-air firmware update to fix it. The good news is that most Tesla customers will be spared a trip to the dealership to install it.

Specifically, the software fix, we’re told, will recalibrate the vehicle’s automatic window reversing system to prevent potential injuries. Meanwhile, vehicles delivered to customers after September 13 have already been patched to mitigate the issue.

And at least as of September 16, Tesla is not aware of any injuries. But, if you own an affected Tesla, we recommend that you keep your digits clear of windows until you’ve confirmed that your vehicle is up to date.

As Tesla battles finger pinch issues, Toyota this week is again facing a hardware issue.

According ReutersToyota could be forced to shut down its 10 production lines at seven Japanese factories for up to 12 days due to an ongoing chip shortage.

While the supply of some chips may improve, shortages of other components continue to plague the automotive industry. Reuters reports that Toyota now expects to produce around 800,000 vehicles worldwide in October, around 100,000 fewer than expected.

In July, the automaker blamed a combination of semiconductor shortages and COVID-19 for ongoing production challenges, which have been going on for months now.

In a Tweeter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk downplayed the fault and stressed that it should be considered a recall even if it could be fixed remotely. One would imagine hundreds of thousands of flash engines needing to be taken off the road and repaired, when this is not really the case.

“The terminology is outdated and inaccurate,” the tech mogul fumed. “This is a small over-the-air software update. To our knowledge, there were no injuries.”

And that’s not the only fire Tesla is trying to put out this week. On Tuesday, a Tesla Megapack battery at a California substation literally caught fire, forcing authorities to close several roads and set up shelter-in-place in the Moss Landing area of ​​Monterey Bay.

The inferno at the 182.5MW facility, operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, would have taken about 20 hours to contain, in part because common practice for containing lithium-ion battery fires is to allow them to s ‘switch off.

The register has contacted Tesla for further comment regarding the recall and the over-the-air update. Since the company cut its media relations team in 2020, we might as well send our request to /dev/null. ®


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