The news: Tesla has been forced to recall over 817,000 cars over seat belt alerts that could fail to work. The EV pioneer has also recalled almost 54,000 cars for a “rolling stop” function that flouts traffic laws by failing to make complete stops at stop signs, per Insider.
What this means: The recalls aren’t only inconvenient to hundreds of thousands of customers, they also expose cracks in Tesla’s “ship now and fix later” methodology. It’s an approach that works for smartphones and PCs but has substantial risks when it comes to passenger cars.
What’s the catch? Tesla rushing production to meet the high demand of its EVs is resulting in an increasing number of recalls. More alarming is that the recalls are all safety related and involve faults that most traditional carmakers would have worked out before shipping the vehicles.
The bigger picture: Lauded for a tech-like strategy that has enabled it to overcome the chip crisis, the same approach of applying software updates to patch vehicle problems could prove detrimental in the long run.
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