Tesla Receives German Recall Order due to a 'Software Glitch'

Due to a fault in the automatic emergency call system, Germany’s road traffic agency said that it is recalling Tesla Models Y and 3 cars which affects 59,000 vehicles globally. The KBA watchdog said on its website dated June 29 that the breakdown in the eCall is caused due to a software flaw, which is designed to automatically contact emergency responders in the event of a serious accident. Affected owners were asked to call the manufacturer or drive to an authorized repair shop for a software update.

German regional broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, which serves the region that is home to Tesla's German model Y and battery production site near Berlin, first reported the recall on Saturday. KBA said 59,129 vehicles were affected globally but did not specify how many of those were registered in Germany.

The software glitch is an added headache for CEO Elon Musk after Tesla on Saturday said it delivered 18 percent fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter than the previous quarter, as China's COVID-19-related shutdown disrupted its production and supply chain. 

Musk said last month that Tesla's new factories in Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars” as they struggle to increase production because of a shortage of batteries and Chinese port issues. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) early in June upgraded its probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with the advanced driver assistance system Autopilot, a required step before it could seek a recall.

Tesla delivered 254,695 cars worldwide in the three months to June, snapping a two-year streak of quarter-on-quarter gains, as a COVID-19-caused shutdown at its factory in Shanghai affected production. Elon Musk had warned of a “very tough quarter” in an internal memo that was seen by Bloomberg. But the Shanghai shutdown may have made the most recent quarter’s tally something of an exception.

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