Tesla China recalls cars over Autopilot Cruise Control activation

Occurred: June 2021

Tesla recalled over 285,000 Model C and Model Y cars in China after an investigation found that drivers can easily activate their cruise control system by mistake. 

The issue arose when drivers accidentally activated cruise control in the Model 3 and Y, which can result in unexpected acceleration. The recall primarily affected 211,000 Model 3 sedans built in Tesla’s Shanghai facility, along with more than 35,000 imported Model 3s. 

Additionally, approximately 39,000 Model Y crossovers, also manufactured in China, were included in the recall. Tesla owners in China received a free software update to address the issue. 

The incident raised questions about Tesla's cruise control system, which is a key part of the company's Autopilot driver assistance function.

Operator: Tesla

Developer: Tesla

Country: China

Sector: Automotive

Purpose: Control speed
Technology: Driver assistance system 

Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Black box