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Here Comes the Boom: 578,000-Plus Teslas Recalled for Obscured Warning Sounds

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It’s been a busy month of recalls for Tesla, as the California automaker is issuing a third sizable recall in just 10 days — but once again, all four models in its lineup are affected. The culprit this time is the Boombox function obscuring the pedestrian warning system.

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Involved in the recall are some 578,600 model-year 2017-22 Model 3 sedans, as well as model-year 2020-22 Model S sedans and Model X and Model Y SUVs. Tesla’s Boombox function allows sounds to be played through an external speaker while the vehicle is in motion, but these sounds may obscure those of the pedestrian warning system, a federally mandated minimum requirement for hybrids and electric vehicles. Pedestrians may be unaware of an approaching vehicle if those warning sounds are obscured, increasing the risk of injury or a crash.

As with its other major February recalls, Tesla will perform an over-the-air software update for free to fix the issue. The automaker will begin notifying owners April 5, 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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