Tesla recently recalled almost every vehicle it has sold to update the Autopilot system with new driver monitoring features and safeguards. We’re now learning of another significant recall, this time involving almost 200,000 cars for issues with the backup camera software that could obstruct visibility.
The recall affects Model S, X, and Y vehicles equipped with the full self-driving computer system version 4 and a specific version of Tesla’s operating system. All affected models are from 2023. Recall documentation states that the software may cause the camera image to appear blank when the vehicle is in reverse.
The visibility reduction could increase the risk of a crash, but Tesla said owners could continue driving the vehicle using the old-school backup method, which requires the driver to turn their head and use the mirrors to see behind the car. Teslas have several cameras, some of which are integrated with vehicle safety systems and driver assistance features, so joking aside, they’re an essential part of everyday operation.
Tesla has received 81 warranty claims related to the problem but said it’s not aware of crashes, injuries, or deaths. The automaker has already released a software update to fix the camera issue, which began rolling out in late December. Tesla stores and owners will be notified by mail, but the software update is free and does not require a trip to a service center.
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