The Tesla automaker is recalling 1,097,762 cars due to a window mechanism that can pinch the car’s passengers.
The automatic side window flip system may not protect drivers of a number of Tesla models. Windows on some Tesla vehicles may close with more force than is permitted under FMVSS 118, section 5, and they may not be retracted sufficiently as soon as the vehicle detects an obstacle in the way.
While it’s unclear what kind of effort the window system allows, Tesla said in documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it first became aware of the problem on August 19, 2022. The automaker quickly began investigating this issue and conducted compliance tests in several modes, using different window positions, spring stiffness, and clearance designations.
“The results of the investigation were studied from September 5 to September 11, after which Tesla decided to launch a voluntary recall campaign. All cars received the firmware version from September 13 before delivery, which fixes the issue. Now all affected vehicles in the field will receive an update wirelessly.”
Fortunately, Tesla is not aware of any injuries or warranty reports related to this issue. However, this applies to Tesla Model S models produced between January 19, 2021, and September 16, 2022; Model X, released from February 12, 2021, to September 16, 2022; Model 3, produced between July 2, 2017, and September 14, 2022; and Model Y, assembled in the period from November 26, 2019, to September 14, 2022
Tesla says it will contact owners on November 15 with an update that improves the calibration of the behavior of the car’s automatic window flip system to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. This year, Tesla has issued 14 recalls impacting 3.3 million vehicles, according to Automotive News.