Most controllers should already have the software update.
Tesla just issued its 17th recall in 2022. As usual, it’s nothing more than a quick software update. The company recalled more than 40,000 Model S/X vehicles in the US this week due to an issue that could result in the loss of power steering assistance in certain situations.
According to a safety report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a new software defect could reduce or reduce power steering assistance, potentially leading to an accident.
It looks like Tesla’s latest software update from September made several changes, and one of them tweaked the way the car deals with bumps, potholes, and other things in the road. Certain Model S and Model X vehicles released between 2017 and 2021 may mistake a pothole for something else and affect steering.
External road dynamics such as a pothole would be registered as steering assist torque and the system would reduce or reduce power steering. Obviously, being able to drive a vehicle safely is very important.
However, the NHTSA report mentions that Tesla released its latest update 2022.36 in mid-October for vehicle fleets with updated calibration values and it fixed the issue. Additionally, it appears that same update is currently being rolled out (or already installed) to nearly 97 percent of potentially affected vehicles as of today.
Tesla identified 314 vehicle alerts with the problem, but reported no injuries or deaths. We’re not aware of any accidents, but you’ll still want to update your Tesla with the latest software as soon as possible.