For the second time, Tesla is recalling 595,717 vehicles in the U.S. due to an external speaker, a “Boombox,” that can play sounds over warnings meant for pedestrians to hear.
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The previous recall from this past February disabled the speaker if the Tesla is in Drive, Neutral, or Reverse. The new recall will need a fix that disables the same speaker if owners are using a feature called Summon or Smart Summon that is engaged when the vehicle moves at low speeds.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), affected vehicles include:
- Certain 2020, 2021, and 2022 Model Y
- Certain 2020, 2021, and 2022 Model X
- Certain 2020, 2021, and 2022 Model S
- Certain 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Model 3
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Regardless of it being the first or second recall, the vehicles can be fixed with online software updates. Tesla is able to perform an over-the-air (OTA) update free of charge. It will disable the Boombox function when the vehicle is in Drive, Neutral, and Reverse, or in the case of the newer recall, during Summon and Smart Summon functions.
Transport Canada currently has no updates for this affecting any Canadian owners and vehicles. (You can also check online at Transport Canada, using your VIN.) Owners are expected to be notified by mail in June. The Tesla recall number is SB-22-00-003, which replaces the initial recall since the previously fixed vehicles will still need another update to include the Summon/Smart Summon remedies.