54,000 Teslas Recalled Over ‘Rolling Stop’ Full Self-Driving Function

tesla-model-y-2021-01-angle--black--dynamic--exterior--front.jpg 2021 Tesla Model Y Autopilot | photo by Christian Lantry

Less than a month after a significant price hike, Tesla’s Full Self-Driving semi-autonomous driving suite is back in the headlines for a recall regarding its “rolling stop” functionality, which may not stop the vehicle at an all-way intersection.

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The entire Tesla lineup is affected, including nearly 54,000 model-year 2016-22 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs; model-year 2017-22 Model 3 sedans; and model-year 2020-22 Model Y SUVs (though not including our own recently purchased 2021 Model Y; in lieu of the full FSD option, we opted for the monthly subscription and are currently on the FSD Beta waiting list). The “rolling stop” function, available as part of the FSD Beta system, may allow the vehicle to travel through an all-way intersection without first coming to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash.

To resolve the issue, Tesla will perform an over-the-air software update that disables the use of the “rolling stop” function for free. The automaker will begin notifying owners March 28, but in the meantime, those with questions can call Tesla at 877-798-3752, or visit NHTSA’s website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

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