Published: 20:35, May 12, 2023 | Updated: 20:39, May 12, 2023
Tesla to recall over 1.1m vehicles in China
By Agencies

A Tesla Model 3 car is seen during the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai on April 19, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP)

BEIJING – Electric carmaker Tesla Inc will recall over 1.1 million vehicles in China from May 29 due to software issues, China's top quality watchdog has said.

The recall covers parts of imported Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles, as well as Model 3 and Model Y vehicles produced in China between Jan 12, 2019, and April 24, 2023, according to a statement filed with the State Administration for Market Regulation.

From May 29, the US automaker will issue over-the-air software updates to 1.1 million units, both imported and China-made, said the regulator.

The vehicles involved do not have regenerative braking strategy options for users, nor do they provide sufficient warnings if drivers step on the accelerator pedal for long periods of time. Such failures could increase the risk of collision, the statement said.

The update will restore the option of switching off regenerative braking and warn drivers when they step hard on the accelerator pedal, it added.

Regenerative braking works to save energy from the process of slowing a car, feeding the surplus to batteries to increase its driving range. Tesla had disabled the option to switch off the technique on cars produced after 2020.