News hardware Tesla: a worrying malfunction leads to the recall of nearly 60,000 cars
Following a software bug concerning the eCall emergency call function, the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, the German federal automotive agency, requires the recall of some 59,129 Tesla vehicles affected by this major problem.
Bad times for Elon Musk and Tesla, “on the verge of bankruptcy”, according to its whimsical CEO
Definitely nothing is going right now for Elon Musk and his company Tesla. Between the faulty engines of the German Model Ys, the crash of a Model S Plaid following a break in the brakes, the problems of overheating of its screen, the hacking of NFC cards or Bluetooth or even the historical drop in delivery of nearly 18% announced this weekend, Tesla has been more talked about in the news department than good surprises in recent weeks.
The company would even be at its worst if we listen to Elon Musk and the losses would amount to billions of dollars. An emergency plan has even been launched to dismiss nearly 200 employees with immediate effect and inviting others to do the same of their own free will. Elon Musk has been repeating it for several weeks, the world’s number one electric car would be on the verge of bankruptcy, just like SpaceX, his company specializing in aeronautics.
Bad times for the richest man in the world, but as often with Elon Musk, difficult to disentangle the true from the false and to know if in the end all this is not only an announcement effect or one more provocation to make the whole Earth react.
A software bug prevents the proper functioning of the eCall function in the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y
It is therefore to Germany, and more particularly to the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, the German federal automotive agency, that we owe this unfortunate discovery.
According to the federal agency, exactly 59,129 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in the world would be affected by a computer bug which would prevent the proper functioning of the famous eCall function. The latter is supposed to automatically call the emergency services of the country where you are (911 for the US, 112 for Europe, etc.) in the event of a serious accident being detected.
However, currently, the approximately 59,129 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles concerned are simply unable to dial this number and call for help… Which is a real problem, you will agree. Therefore, the German federal agency expressly asks Tesla to recall all affected vehicles as soon as possible to correct the problem.
Tesla has already implemented 11 recalls since the start of the year, and while the number of deaths and accidents of Autopilot is at its highest in the United States, this new security bug may bring even more grain to grind to its detractors.