Tesla is issuing a recall for some Model Y vehicles
Tesla has announced a recall for 3,470 Model Y SUVs over concerns that some second-row seatbacks may not be properly fastened, reducing the seatbelt system's performance. However, unlike most Tesla recalls, which can be fixed through over-the-air (OTA) software updates, this issue requires a service visit.
The affected vehicles were manufactured between May 23, 2022, and February 5, 2023. Approximately 4% of them may have one or more bolts securing the second-row seatback frames to the lower seat frame that are not properly torqued to specifications. It's a potential issue because the second-row seat belt system loads go through the lower seat frame, and if the bolts are not tightened correctly, the seat belt system may not work as intended in a collision, increasing the risk of injury.
How to Determine if Your Tesla is Impacted
The NHTSA plans to send letters to affected owners by April 25, with free repairs available at Tesla service centers. However, there is a faster way than waiting for snail mail. The Tesla app notifies owners of outstanding recalls. Tesla owners can check their vehicle's VIN at any time on the website. Remember, the VIN is conveniently found at the bottom of the app home screen. There is also a page on the Tesla website listing recalls. Impacted owners must schedule a Mobile Service visit or visit a service center to have the bolts inspected and re-torqued if necessary.
Tesla first discovered the problem on December 10, 2022, during an inspection at the Fremont factory. The company investigated with its supplier from December 11 to January 27, 2023, to determine the root cause. The reason and affected vehicles were identified by February 17, leading to a recall decision. Additionally, Tesla knows five warranty claims between December 9, 2022, and February 14, 2023, which may be related to this issue.
Proof Different Terminology Needed
Elon Musk has been vocal several times about the term recall. Last Month he tweeted: Definitely. The word “recall” for an over-the-air software update is anachronistic and just flat wrong!
While this shows that Tesla is not immune to traditional recall when vehicles have to go in for service, it also shows the issue with the wording. As more manufacturers catch up to Tesla's technology, over-the-air updates should become far more prevalent, making the word recall even more confusing.
For lack of better words, this recall follows a recent large-scale OTA recall of 362,000 Tesla vehicles regarding Full-Self-Driving Beta software that the NHTSA deemed unsafe for use at specific intersections. While the issue will be resolved through an OTA update, it continues to stir strong opinions from those who disagree with the NHTSA's terminology and those who consider Tesla's FSD software unsafe.
Tesla aims to improve its quality control and production standards, as outlined during its Investor Day event, and reduce the frequency of recalls.
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Tesla's FSD Beta version 12.2.1, update 2023.44.30.20, recently started going out to some owners, which resulted in more videos posted on X. There are several examples of amazing technology at work, but also evidence that more work is needed.
Ashok Elluswamy, Tesla's Director of Autopilot Software, recently highlighted the sophistication of FSD Beta v12 on X, emphasizing how the system's end-to-end approach is tackling complex driving scenarios with remarkable ease. His response came to a video of FSD maneuvering around a large puddle.
This is the sort of driving that's really hard to code explicitly, but our end-to-end approach brings in almost effortlessly. https://t.co/gw4vipu9iY
One of the standout features of FSD Beta v12 is its ability to execute U-turns seamlessly when required by the route. This is where real-world examples show the good and the bad of this highly advanced maneuver come into play. X user AI DRIVR, an account posting several high-quality videos of V12.2.1 in action, demonstrates a flawless U-turn.
Unfortunately, not all U-turns posted on X are as pretty; Randolph Kim has been experimenting with several scenarios. While later videos showed better behavior with u-turns and roundabouts, the earlier attempts had to be disengaged.
FSD Beta v12.2.1 attempts U-turns at signalized intersections. So, I wanted to see how far I could push it. Looking for U-turns in LA, maps showed a U-turn at a left turn pocket on a smaller 4-lane mixed-use road. Car overshot the U-turn and had to disengage due to oncoming car. pic.twitter.com/hCfQYFh4ue
During our first glimpse of FSD v12 during Musk’s livestream, we noticed a new behavior when the vehicle reached its destination. Instead of just stopping, the vehicle now pulled over to the side of the road. However, it looks like the newest release goes one step further.
In a video by ArthurFromX, the vehicle is navigating to a parking lot. Not only does the vehicle successfully navigate to the parking lot, but it hunts around for a spot and then successfully parks without any additional instructions.
Tesla appears to have reintroduced the Snapshot button in this update, at least to some owners. The snapshot button allows drivers to send additional information to Tesla regarding Autopilot's performance. This feature and the existing voice command feedback option provide Tesla with invaluable data to improve the FSD system further.
Automatic Speed Offset
Another noteworthy addition is the Automatic Set Speed Offset feature, which grants the vehicle autonomy to adjust its speed based on factors such as road type, traffic flow, and environmental conditions. The video below shows this feature in action. The feature is turned off by default and it currently only applies to street-level roads, but it’s a shift toward more human-like behavior for FSD Beta.
Recently, Tesla revised the Autopilot activation method to avoid confusion and offered drivers two choices — a single pull of the stalk to enable FSD Beta or the traditional two taps. However, with FSD Beta v12, drivers are now required to use the single pull method to activate Autopilot.
Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) has traditionally been one pull of the stalk and Autopilot two pulls, but with the new single-pull method to activate Autopilot, TACC becomes unavailable. This hasn’t been a big deal until the release of FSD v12. With v12 Tesla is now requiring FSD Beta to use the single tap activation method.
This means that if a driver chooses to use FSD Beta, then TACC is no longer accessible. The only way to enable it is to go into Controls > Autopilot and turn off FSD Beta and instead choose Autosteer (or TACC). However, if you wish to enable FSD Beta again later, then it requires the vehicle to be in Park. Switching between Autosteer and FSD Beta isn’t practical for drivers. For those who rely on TACC, this issue could be a significant disadvantage in this release.
Several drivers have praised FSD Beta v12’s ability to navigate complex situations, better decision-making, and smoother behavior. However, as with any cutting-edge technology, there have been instances where the system's responses have room for improvement, highlighting the importance of its continued development.
In an exchange on X, Drew Baglino, Tesla’s Senior Vice President of Powertrain and Energy Engineering, addressed the concerns regarding the power consumption of Tesla’s Sentry Mode. Responding to a user inquiry, Baglino confirmed the company’s commitment to reducing the feature's energy use by approximately 40% through a software update expected in Q2, which begins on April 1.
Agreed, sentry mode power consumption needs improvement, the team is working to reduce by ~40% in a Q2 software update.
This announcement follows feedback from Tesla owners regarding the 'vampire drain' experienced when using Sentry Mode, highlighting Tesla's responsive approach to customer feedback and its dedication to continuous improvement. Another X user stated that there should be a breakdown or battery usage. This information already exists, but Baglino politely responded: The energy app provides a wealth of information about where your energy goes. He also linked to our Not a Tesla App article explaining that system.
Despite its benefits, the feature’s energy consumption, referred to as “vampire drain,” has been a concern, with estimates suggesting a small yet consistent drain on the vehicle's battery life. By optimizing Sentry Mode's power usage, Tesla enhances the feature's efficiency and extends the usability for owners, particularly when parking for extended periods without access to charging facilities.
Battery Management: Recognizing the importance of battery preservation, Sentry Mode automatically deactivates when the battery level falls to 20%, ensuring that the vehicle remains operational for essential travel.
Activation and Customization: Owners can activate Sentry Mode via the vehicle's touchscreen or mobile app, with options to customize settings, such as disabling sounds or excluding specific locations, tailoring the security feature to individual preferences and requirements.
Tesla's forthcoming software update aims to significantly reduce Sentry Mode's power usage, making it more adaptable for various situations without impacting the car's range or battery longevity. This enhancement aligns with Tesla's commitment to continuous improvement via over-the-air updates, directly responding to customer feedback with practical solutions. Owners looking forward to this change appreciate the balance between maintaining Sentry Mode's security benefits and preserving battery life for everyday needs.
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