A 2021 Tesla Model 3 sedan sits in an almost empty lot at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colorado on June 27, 2021. Tesla has recalled 14,684 Model 3s due to a software glitch that could cause crashes, its second recall this this month, China’s market regulator said on Friday, April 29, 2022.

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BEIJING (AP) — Tesla has recalled 14,684 Model 3s due to a software glitch that could cause crashes, China’s market regulator said Friday, in its second recall in the country this month.

The State Administration for Market Regulation said the recall affected both imported and Chinese-made vehicles.

The recalled cars do not display the unit, such as miles or kilometers per hour, for their speed when in track mode, which in extreme cases could lead to collisions, he said .

Earlier in April, the administration said Tesla was recalling 127,785 Model 3s due to potential issues with semiconductors that could also cause crashes.

This latest recall affects 1,850 imported Model 3s and 12,834 of the same model made in China, manufactured from January 12, 2019 to March 25, 2022.

The notice said Tesla Motors (Beijing) and Tesla (Shanghai) will update the software of recalled vehicles free of charge using over-the-air (OTA) technology, allowing car owners to complete the process. The company will contact owners of vehicles that cannot be upgraded this way so that upgrades can be performed at Tesla service centers.

In June 2021, Tesla recalled more than 285,000 vehicles, including most of those made in China, to fix a software issue. This was followed by a recall of nearly 200,000 in December.


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