Asked by Twitter followers on Saturday what the reason was Recall a feature called Boomboxwhich enables people to play sounds through the vehicle’s external speakers, to which Tesla’s CEO responded: “Funny cops let us do that (sigh).”
Tesla told NHTSA On February 4th, it will disable the Boombox when the vehicle is in driving, neutral or in reverse to meet required safety standards electric car Make a warning sound for pedestrians. The company said in its recall report that NHTSA requested information in January 2021 to investigate whether the feature met safety standards. After months of back and forth with the agency, Tesla decided to conduct a voluntary recall, the report said.
Tesla shares fell as much as 3.1% to $833.66 before regular trading began on Monday. The stock is down 19% this year.
Musk, who has repeatedly clashed with U.S. regulators, has directed much of his anger at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has said he has no respect for the SEC, and has made mocking and blasphemous claims on the agency’s acronym for securities fraud that he claimed to have taken Tesla private in August 2018.
In an April 2018 call, Musk hung up on the company’s chairman. National Transportation Safety Board Controversy related to fatal crash involving Tesla using Autopilot.
NHTSA launched a flaw investigation into Autopilot in August, saying it would assess the technology and methods Tesla uses to monitor and assist drivers and force them to use the system. The investigation was sparked by about a dozen accidents in which Teslas collided with vehicles at the scene of the accident on Autopilot, including first responders.
Weeks after the NHTSA investigation, Tesla made an over-the-air update to its cars aimed at improving detection of emergency vehicles, but neglected to file a recall notice. NHTSA asked if the company intends to file a safety recall, and if not, provide a technical and legal basis.
Meanwhile, NHTSA scrutinized Tesla’s plans to expand the availability of Full Self-Driving (FSD), a controversial set of features that still require attentive drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. Two of the 11 recalls Tesla has filed since October were related to FSD.
NHTSA’s actions show that regulatory pressure is rising on technology that Musk says has played a key role in making Tesla the world’s most valuable automaker. The CEO tweeted in September that investors gave the company “great praise” for its self-driving capabilities.