Tesla Recalls Nearly 54K Vehicles That May Disregard Stop Signs

Tesla is set to recall 53,822 vehicles with "Full Self-Driving" capabilities because the software allows for cars to slowly roll through stop signs in some situations rather than make a complete stop.

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the FSD software's "rolling stop" functionality lets the car go through an all-way stop as long as it meets a series of conditions, which "may increase the risk of collision."

The conditions that have to be in place for the "rolling stop" to activate include the feature being enabled within the Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) software, the car going no faster than 5.6 miles per hour, and the intersection roads having speed limits at 30 miles per hour or less. Additional requirements include "sufficient visibility" and the car's technology detecting no "relevant" cars, pedestrians or bicyclists in the area, the report said.

The recall applies to some Tesla Model 3, S, X and Y vehicles made between 2016 and 2022 with the software installed, which was in beta testing.

As of January 27, Tesla had reported no "warranty claims, field reports, crashes, injuries or fatalities" related to the "rolling stop" feature, which was released on October 20, 2021.

The report added that Tesla will release a firmware early this month to disable the function in all affected cars.

The Associated Press reported select Tesla drivers had been beta testing the FSD software on public roads, with the drivers required to be ready to take over driving at any moment should the software have any issues.

The number of FSD beta vehicles in the United States increased from a few thousand as of the end of September to the almost 60,000 reported in recent weeks, Reuters reported.

According to the NHTSA report, Tesla and the government agency met on January 10 and 19 to "discuss the functionality" of the FSD software, "including operating parameters." On January 20, it said Tesla voluntarily made the recall decision.

Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told the AP Tesla keeps "pushing the bounds of safety to see what they can get away with," adding that it is "taking advantage of some of our worst behaviors on the road."

"Each time it's just a little bit more egregious," he said. "It's good to see NHTSA is pushing back."

This is not the first time Tesla has had to recall vehicles due to software issues. Newsweek previously reported the company recalled over 475,000 Model 3 and S cars in December due to rearview camera and trunk problems that could increase risk of crashes.

The NHTSA also announced the same month it would investigate some models' "Passenger Play" feature, which allows people in the car to play video games, increasing risk of distracted driving.

Tesla, which has disbanded its communications department, did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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Tesla recalled almost 54,000 cars after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found its self-driving software allows it to drive past stop signs in some instances. Above, a Tesla Inc. Model X electric vehicle waits to transport passengers through the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 3. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images