Tesla is initiating a recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the United States due to an issue with the font size on the instrument panel, affecting warning lights for the brake, park, and antilock brake system. This discrepancy in font size, as outlined in a recall notice submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), poses a safety concern as it impedes readability, potentially increasing the risk of accidents.
The affected vehicles span several models and years, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y, and 2024 Cybertruck vehicles. Despite this font issue, no crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been reported in connection to the warning light fonts, according to a report by NHTSA released on January 30.
Tesla aims to address the problem through a software solution, offering a free over-the-air software update to rectify the font size problem. Additionally, the company plans to send out notification letters to owners starting March 30.
In a separate development, NHTSA has initiated a preliminary evaluation concerning reports of power steering issues in certain Tesla vehicles. This action follows 2,388 complaints regarding steering control problems in select 2023 Tesla Model 3 and Y vehicles. An engineering analysis is underway to further investigate the matter, preceding any potential recall.
Tesla’s recent recalls include one in January involving nearly 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to backup camera malfunctions while in reverse. Additionally, in December, the company recalled over 2 million vehicles across various models to address a flaw in its Autopilot system. This recall was prompted by a NHTSA investigation into several crashes, some of which resulted in fatalities, associated with the Autopilot technology.