The American automaker Tesla announced the recall of more than 285 thousand Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles from the Chinese market, most of which were produced in China. The reason for this decision lies in concerns about safety due to problems with the cruise control system in the car.
According to China’s State Market Regulatory Administration (SAMR), the recall program includes 249,855 Model 3 and Y electric vehicles that were produced at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai, as well as 35,655 Model 3 units imported into the Chinese market. All potentially dangerous Tesla electric vehicles were released between December 2019 and June 2021.
According to the available data, the reason for recalling electric vehicles is related to the likelihood of accidental activation of the cruise control system. This can lead to a sudden increase in driving speed, which is a potential danger to the driver and passengers of the car. Tesla has apologized to customers for the inconvenience by posting a statement on its Weibo account. Officials of the automaker have so far refrained from commenting on this issue.
Recall that Tesla signed an agreement to build its plant in China in 2018, and the first electric vehicles rolled off its assembly line at the end of 2019. Tesla previously said that the company’s goal is to produce 500,000 electric vehicles a year in China.