Tesla, Benz, Porsche Recall Hundreds of thousands from China

Tesla in the U.S. will recall some models sold last year and this year in the Chinese market next week.

According to China’s General Administration of Market Supervision and Management on the 16th, “Model 3” and “Model Y” electric vehicles sold from October 19, 2021 to April 26, 2022, will be recalled under the Chinese government’s “Defective Automobile Product Recall Management Ordinance” and “Defective Automobile Product Recall Management Ordinance.”

The total number of recalls was 107,293.

Some vehicles within the recall range may not properly cool the central processing unit (CPU) of the infotainment system while preparing for DC high-speed charging or charging high-speed, which may slow the CPU and slow the central touch screen display. The Chinese government believes that the CPU may restart and the display may not be displayed, and if such defects occur, windshield setting functions such as inverted images, Kim Seo-rim and wipers, driving gear indicators and indicators cannot be used normally.

After the recall, Tesla will upgrade these vehicles to software of 2022.12.3.3 or higher through Remote Vehicle Upgrade (OTA). Upgraded vehicles are prevented from slowing down or restarting by mitigating CPU temperature rise during DC rapid charging preparation or charging. If OTA recall is difficult, the Tesla service center contacts the user to perform a software upgrade.

Tesla Recall Announcement by China’s General Administration of Market Supervision and Management (Photo = China’s General Administration of Market Supervision)
Tesla is not the only automobile company that was required to be recalled by the Chinese government.

On the same day, China’s State Market Supervision and Management Administration announced the recall of a total of three companies, including Tesla, while the other two are Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Mercedes-Benz is subject to recall of more than 120,000 ML, GL and R-class imported models produced between April 28, 2005 and August 31, 2015.

In the case of vehicles subject to recall, it was pointed out that there was a risk that the bottom of the brake booster housing could be corroded if steam accumulated under the decorative rubber ring of the brake booster after long use. This increases the braking distance required to decelerate the vehicle as the pedal force increases due to the occurrence of ejection from the brake booster and the decrease in boost. It was pointed out that if corrosion is severe, mechanical damage to the booster due to special forces or the phenomenon of pressing the brake pedal cannot be excluded.