Tesla’s NHTSA recall issued today was fixed with software update released last year

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a new recall affecting nearly 200,000 Tesla vehicles, but as is common with almost all of Tesla’s recalls, it can be addressed with a simple software update, and it was already released last year.

According to the NHTSA recall documents, 2023 Model S, Model X, and Model Y vehicles with Hardware 4.0 (HW4) contained a bug that sometimes caused the rearview camera image from displaying. This would decrease a driver’s rear visibility and increase the risk of a collision (what happened to shoulder checks?).

Tesla first became aware of the issue on December 26, 2023, and after a quick investigation discovered the cause was insufficient inter-integrated circuit protocol stability, or in other words the signal to turn on the rearview camera view was sometimes not being sent.

Just two days later, December 28, 2023, Tesla had already come up with a fix and deployed it to a small number of vehicles as a test. This release was successful, and was subsequently deployed to all affected vehicles on January 3, 2024, although there were reports on social media of owners receiving the update on New Year’s Eve.

The issue was present in software versions 2023.44.30 through 2023.44.30.6 and 2023.44.100, and corrected with the release of 2023.44.30.7.

You can read the full recall notice below. Transport Canada has not issued a similar recall yet.

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