NHTSA issues recall notice for delayed backup camera image that Tesla fixed last year

A new recall notice has been published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) impacting 947 Tesla vehicles.

However, it is not really a recall since Tesla already fixed the issue through an over-the-air (OTA) software update on December 30, 2021.

The recall notice explains that on the impacted vehicles, there may be a delay in the backup camera feed appearing after putting the car in reverse.

Tesla became aware of the issue after noticing “an abnormal frequency of computer resets among Model 3 vehicles” with software version 2021.44.25 which was released on December 19, 2021.

An investigation by Tesla engineers quickly discovered a software error that caused a delay in the backup camera appearing on the screen.

The fix was included in 2021.44.30 which was deployed on December 30, 2021.

After discussions with the NHTSA that started in February, Tesla said that “despite not finding a noncompliance in the tests that Tesla conducted, a recall determination was made out of an abundance of caution to recognize the potential presence of a noncompliance in affected vehicles.”

Affected vehicles include 2018-2019 Model S, Model X, and 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles equipped with Autopilot computer 2.5 (HW2.5) and on software version 2021.44.25 and 2021.45.25.2.

You can read the full recall notice below.

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