Visitors looking at a China-made Tesla Model Y electric vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2021 in Shanghai, China on April 27, 2021.
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Chinese regulators said Saturday that Tesla would “recall” nearly 300,000 Model 3 and Model Ys made and imported in China for an online software update related to assisted driving, without requiring owners to return their vehicles.
The state administration for market regulation announced on its website that the move is linked to an assisted driving function in the electric cars, which can currently be accidentally activated by the drivers and leads to a sudden acceleration.
The remote online software “recall” – a first for Tesla cars built in China – comprises 249,855 Model 3 and Model Y cars manufactured in China as well as 35,665 imported Model 3 sedans.
Tesla, which now makes Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport utility vehicles in Shanghai, sold 33,463 Chinese-made electric cars in May, according to industry data.