Tesla is recalling over two million cars in the US due to a defect in its driver assistance system, Autopilot.
The recall follows a two-year investigation into crashes at Tesla, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, which occurred when Autopilot was in use.
The recall applies to almost every Tesla sold in the US since the Autopilot feature was launched in 2015. Tesla has announced that it will send a software update “over the air” to fix the issue, which does not require a visit to a dealership or garage.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the recall was due to an issue with Autopilot’s driver monitoring system, which detects whether the driver is paying attention.
The NHTSA reviewed 956 crashes where Autopilot was initially alleged to have been in use. As a result, Tesla has announced this recall and conceded that the system’s controls may not be sufficient to prevent driver misuse.
The recall comes a week after a former Tesla employee told the BBC he believed the technology was not safe.
Tesla defended the safety of Autopilot in a post on X, pointing to statistics suggesting fewer crashes when the system was used. The more automation technology offered to support the driver, the safer the driver and other road users.