A Tesla Y model car stands outside its showroom. — AFP/File
A Tesla Y model car stands outside its showroom. — AFP/File

Tesla is recalling more than 120,000 of its cars because unlocked doors have the potential to open during a crash, raising the risk of harm as per a notification by safety inspectors.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) document, the fault affects some Model S and X automobiles manufactured in the United States between 2021 and 2023.

Tesla said that it discovered the fault for the first time on December 6 during a routine crash test and that it is not aware of any injuries or claims that have been brought about by the issue.

For cars impacted by the safety issue, the manufacturer has made available an over-the-air (OTA) software update. By February 17, 2024, notification letters are anticipated to be mailed to the owners of such vehicles.

Tesla limited the usage of its Autopilot system on almost all of its 2 million US vehicles just last week. Following a two-year investigation by US safety officials into almost 1,000 crashes when the feature was activated, the recall was issued.

The NHTSA claimed that in some risky circumstances where Tesla’s technology might not be able to properly negotiate the road, the Autopilot system might easily be abused and offer drivers a false sense of confidence.

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