Elon Musk calls NHTSA the ‘fun police’ following Boombox recall

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Last week 578,607 Tesla owners in the US found out their Boombox feature was soon going to be limited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The safety agency issued a recall saying the ability to play a custom sound over the external speaker while driving may obscure the federally mandated Pedestrian Warning System (PWS) sounds.

Since electric vehicles (EVs) are so quiet, the federally mandated sound is meant to warn pedestrians that a car is approaching at low speeds (up to 19mph/30kmh).

On Sunday Musk shared how he feels about the recall, labelling the NHTSA as the “fun police” for forcing Tesla to not allow owners to fart at pedestrians.

Although it is labelled as a recall, owners will not have to visit a Service Center to have the feature disabled.

Instead, Tesla will only allow it work in Park by sending out a free over-the-air (OTA) software update, 2022.8 or later.

Not to jinx anything, but Transport Canada has not yet issued the recall for owners north of the border.


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