By Alice Seeley

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Tesla is recalling 947 vehicles in the United States due to the rearview image not immediately displaying when vehicles begin to reverse. This delayed rearview camera image reduces the driver’s rearview and increases the risk of a crash.

Discussion concerning consumer complaints about the delayed rearview image displays began on Feb 9 between Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall was issued on March 18 but was not made public until Friday, March 25.

“Over the following week, an engineering investigation into the condition identified a software error as a potential cause for further assessment,” Tesla said. “Despite not finding a noncompliance in the tests that Tesla conducted, a recall determination was made out of an abundance of caution to recognize the potential presence of a noncompliance in affected vehicles.”

This recall includes some 2018-2019 Model S, Model X, and 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles equipped with Autopilot Computer 2.5. Tesla plans to perform an over-the-air software update to correct the malfunction. As usual, the fix is free of charge for most recalls for Tesla owners. However, Tesla is waiting to send out notification letters to the affected owners until Tuesday, May 17. 

Recently, Tesla Inc had several recalls ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of the most recent recalls was issued on over 800,000 Tesla vehicles concerning a seat belt issue. Another recent recall of nearly 579,000 vehicles in the U.S. was because of a boombox function that would play sounds over an external speaker and obscure audible warnings for pedestrians of an approaching vehicle.