Tesla is recalling over 2 million vehicles due to a defective system in its Autopilot feature.
The recall addresses issues with the system designed to ensure drivers' attention while using Autopilot.
The NHTSA conducted a two-year investigation, revealing inadequacies in Autopilot’s method of ensuring driver attentiveness.
The investigation found that the defective system could lead to foreseeable misuse of the Autopilot feature, contributing to accidents.
Tesla plans to address the issue through a software update that includes additional controls and alerts to reinforce driver responsibility.
The recall covers almost all Tesla vehicles sold in the US since the introduction of Autopilot in late 2015.
The software update aims to remind drivers of their continuous driving responsibility, emphasizing the need for attention while using Autopilot.
Some affected vehicles have already received the software update, with the rest scheduled for the update at a later date.
Safety advocates have long called for stronger regulation of the driver monitoring system, highlighting its limitations in detecting driver attentiveness.
Despite its name, Autopilot is a driver-assist system and cannot fully drive itself; independent tests have revealed flaws in the monitoring system, making it susceptible to misuse.