Tesla Recalls Over Half a Million Cars for Failing to Comply With Safety Standards

Elon Musk's electric car company Tesla is set to recall 578,607 vehicles due to the potential danger they pose to pedestrians, according to U.S. regulators.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said these vehicles fail to comply with safety standards.

The vehicle manufacturer is recalling some 2020-2022 Model S, Model X, Model Y, and 2017-2022 Model 3 vehicles, according to a Reuters report.

The safety issue stems from the vehicle's "Boombox function" in these electric vehicles, which allow sounds to be played through an external speaker while the vehicle is moving.

Tesla has said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or fatalities in regards to the "Boombox function" feature.

Tesla plans to disable the Boombox functionality when the vehicle is in Drive, Neutral and Reverse modes via an over-the-air software update.

Tesla introduced the Boombox in December 2020 and has had multiple meetings with the NHTSA after they issued an information request in January 2021.

Newsweek has contacted Tesla for comment.

The NHTSA has previously said that electric vehicles are often harder to hear at lower speeds. At high speeds, tire noise, wind resistance as well as other factors prevent the need for an alert.

The lack of noise pollution from electric cars has been considered a surprising issue in regards to safety, according to a report by Greencars.com.

"A little-known fact about electric cars is that they create less noise pollution than gas vehicles," it said on the website.

"The amount of noise emitted from an electric motor is significantly quieter than an internal combustion engine and its exhaust system.

"In fact, there have even been concerns from safety campaigners about EVs [electric vehicles] being too quiet.

"In September 2020, U.S. regulators required HEVs [hybrid electric vehicles], PHEVs [plug-in hybrid electric vehicles] and BEVs [battery electric vehicle] to produce their own sounds when driving up to speeds of 18.6 miles per hour.

"This law is meant to help pedestrians who might be blind, partially sighted, or otherwise distracted to hear them as they approach."

Musk's company has had to deal with other concerns regarding Tesla's automated driving systems.

On Tuesday, Newsweek reported Senate Democrats, Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey wrote a letter to Tesla expressing their concerns regarding potential flaws.

This came after Tesla issued a recall for nearly 54,000 vehicles due to a software feature that appears to allow them to roll through stop signs in some instances, instead of making a complete stop.

"We are deeply troubled by Tesla's design choices that seemingly encourage unsafe driving habits," the senators wrote about the automaker's "Full Self-Driving" system.

Tesla has vowed in the past to press on with the development of its self-driving technology as the company has said the increased effectiveness of the software would accelerate the profitability of the company.

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The Tesla logo marks the showroom and service center for the U.S. automotive and energy company Tesla in Amsterdam on October 23, 2019. The electric car company is set to recall 578,607 vehicles due to the potential danger they pose to pedestrians, according to U.S. regulators. John Thys/Getty Images