Tesla is recalling nearly all of the vehicles it has sold in the US because some warning lights on the instrument panel are too small.
The recall of nearly 2.2 million vehicles announced Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a sign of stepped-up scrutiny of the electric vehicle maker.
The agency also said it hasupgraded a 2023 investigationinto Tesla steering problems to an engineering analysis, a step closer to a recall.
Documents posted Fridayby the agency say the warning light recall will be done with an online software update.
It covers the 2012 through 2023 Model S, the 2016 through 2023 Model X, the 2017 through 2023 Model 3, the 2019 through 2024 Model Y and the 2024 Cybertruck.
The agency says that the brake, park and anti-lock brake warning lights have a smaller font size than required by federal safety standards.
That can make critical safety information hard to read, increasing the risk of a crash.
Tesla has already started releasing the software update, and owners will be notified by letter starting March 30.
NHTSA says it found the problem in a routine safety compliance audit on Jan. 8.
Tesla has identified three warranty claims potentially related to the problem, but has no reports of crashes or injuries.
Shares of Tesla, which have been in a downward trend since July and slumped after the companys fourth quarter earnings report last week, fell another 2.7% in early trading Friday to levels not seen since May of last year.
In December, NHTSA pressured Tesla into recalling more than 2 million vehicles to update software and fix a defective system thats supposed to ensure drivers are paying attention when using Autopilot.
Documents said the update will increase warnings and alerts to drivers.
The recall came aftera two-year investigationby NHTSA into a series of crashes that happened while the Autopilot partially automated driving system was in use.
Some were deadly.
The agency says its investigation found Autopilots method of making sure that drivers are paying attention can be inadequate and can lead to foreseeable misuse of the system.
The added controls and alerts will further encourage the driver to adhere to their continuous driving responsibility, the documents said.
But safety experts said that, while the recall is a good step, it still makes the driver responsible and doesnt fix the underlying problem that Autopilot isnt reacting to stopped vehicles.
They say that Teslas driver monitoring system that relies on detecting hands on the steering wheel doesnt stop drivers from checking out.
Tesla says on its website that its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving systems cannot drive the vehicles, and that human drivers must be ready to intervene at all times.
In February of last year, NHTSA also pressed Tesla to recall nearly 363,000 vehicles with its Full Self-Driving system because it can misbehave around intersections and doesnt always follow speed limits.
The recall was part of part of a larger investigation into Teslas automated driving systems.
It raised questions about CEO Elon Musks claims that he can prove to regulators that cars equipped with Full Self-Driving are safer than humans, and that humans almost never have to touch the controls.
Musk at one point had promised that a fleet of autonomous robotaxis would be in use in 2020.
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The latest action appears to push that development further into the future.
In addition, Tesla is recalling more than 1.6 million Model S, X, 3 and Y electric vehicles exported to China for problems with their automatic assisted steering and door latch controls.
Chinas State Administration for Market Regulation announced the recall in early January. It said Tesla Motors in Beijing and Shanghai would use remote upgrades to fix the problems.
The recall is due to problems with the automatic steering assist function and applies to 1.6 million imported Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Ys.
When the automatic steering function is engaged, drivers might misuse the combined driving function, increasing a risk of accidents, the notice said.
The recall to fix the door unlock logic control for imported Model S and Model X EVs affects 7,538 vehicles made between Oct. 26, 2022 and Nov. 16, 2023.
It is needed to prevent door latches from coming open during a collision.
Tesla was the top seller of electric vehicles in the world last year, but Chinas BYD beat the company in the fourth quarter.
BYD is the leader in the booming China market.
The steering investigation upgrade, also announced Friday in documents, covers more than 334,000 Tesla vehicles.
The probe was opened in July of last year after the agency received a dozen complaints about loss of steering control in 2023 Model Y and 3 vehicles.
Now the agency says it has 115 complaints, and it received another 2,176 after requesting information from the company.
Agency documents say drivers are reporting loss of steering control, often accompanied by messages showing that power assisted steering has been reduced or disabled.
Some complained of an inability to turn the steering wheel, while others said it required more effort.
A message was left Friday seeking comment from Tesla.
In one case a driver told NHTSA that they couldnt complete a right turn and ran into another vehicle.
The agency said there have been multiple allegations of Teslas blocking intersections or roadways.
Over 50 vehicles had to be towed, according to the consumer complaints.
Joe Biden twice confuses Gaza with Ukraine as he approves US military aid airdrops
President Joe Biden twice confused Gaza with Ukraine as he announced the US would provide desperately needed aid to the war-ravaged Palestinian territory.
Mr Biden, 81, confirmed on Friday that humanitarian assistance would be airdropped into Gaza – a day after the Hamas-run health ministry said 30,000 Palestinians have died since the war began last October.
“In the coming days, we’re going to join with our friends in Jordan and others who are providing airdrops of additional food and supplies”, the president said, adding the US will “seek to open up other avenues in, including possibly a marine corridor”.
But Mr Biden twice mistakenly referred to airdrops to help Ukraine – leaving White House officials to clarify that he was in fact talking about Gaza.
Mr Biden revealed the development while hosting Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Washington – as he warned “children’s lives are on the line”.
“Aid flowing to Gaza is nowhere nearly enough,” he said.
“Now, it’s nowhere nearly enough. Innocent lives are on the line and children’s lives are on the line.
“We won’t stand by until we get more aid in there. We should be getting hundreds of trucks in, not just several.”
Mr Biden also said he hoped there would be a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas by the time of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month which is expected to start on 10 March.
He told reporters: “We’re still working real hard at it. We’re not there yet.”
He said all sides have to agree on timing but that “they’re still far apart”.
Mr Biden’s promise of airdrops came a day after dozens of Palestinians perished during a deadly aid truck incident in Gaza City.
At least 115 Palestinians were killed and more than 750 others were injured, according to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry, on Thursday.
Airdrops are a last resort for when things are really desperate
Airdrops are a last resort. They are inefficient, inaccurate, expensive and dangerous.
They are only chosen as an option when things are really desperate.
The White House spokesman admitted as much just after the president’s announcement: “There are no missions more complicated than humanitarian assistance airdrops,” John Kirby said.
In this case, the decision to resort to them is all the more remarkable because America is dropping aid to counter failures in a war being prosecuted with US weapons by one of its closest allies.
Israel controls the aid that gets into Gaza. To have to airdrop it is to admit a fundamental failure and a humanitarian disaster.
It’s inefficient because only small amounts of aid can be dropped at a time – palates of food parachuted from the back of planes.
It is inaccurate because you have no control over precisely where the aid will land.
It is dangerous because the aid drops could hit people as they land and because they could cause stampedes on the ground.
Usually aid is distributed with the coordination of aid officials on the ground.
It’s also dangerous for the aircrews flying over a war zone.
It is expensive because it requires significant military coordination.
In short – it is a stark illustration of just how much of a (man-made) disaster Gaza now is.
Witnesses said nearby Israeli troops opened fire as huge crowds raced to pull goods off an aid convoy.
Israel said many of the dead were trampled in a stampede linked to the chaos – and that its troops fired at some people in the crowd who they believed moved towards them in a threatening way.
On Friday evening, the UK joined demands for an investigation into the killings, described by Foreign Secretary David Cameron as “horrific”.
Lord Cameron said there must be “an urgent investigation and accountability” – amid growing international calls for a probe into the episode.
“This must not happen again,” he said.
While he did not directly blame Israel, he linked the deaths to the lack of aid being allowed into Gaza.
“We can’t separate what happened yesterday from the inadequate aid supplies,” Lord Cameron said.
“In February, only half the number of trucks crossed into Gaza that did in January. This is simply unacceptable.
“Israel has an obligation to ensure that significantly more humanitarian aid reaches the people of Gaza.”
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “strongest condemnation” for the shootings and called for “truth, justice and respect for international law” in a post on X.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the incident on the social media platform, writing: “The desperate civilians in Gaza need urgent help, including those in the north where the UN has not been able to deliver aid in more than a week.”
Sources: Giants, 3B Chapman agree on $54M deal
The deal also includes opt-outs after the first and second year of the agreement.
Chapman’s deal is very similar in structure to that of Cody Bellinger, who re-signed with the Chicago Cubs last week, with his highest salaries at the outset of the contract. Like Bellinger, Chapman also has the built-in opportunity to test the market again if he has a better season offensively than in 2023.
Chapman, who turns 31 in April, won his fourth Gold Glove Award in 2023 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Since the start of the 2018 season, he ranks first among all players at that position in defensive runs saved and he is third in outs above average.
As Chapman moved into free agency this fall, however, some talent evaluators privately expressed doubts about their interest in him because of his offensive performance — 71 homers over the past three seasons, but with a .226 batting average and 537 strikeouts in 446 games.
His 2023 season was a microcosm of the good and bad he’s generated at the plate: After starting very well and batting .384 in April, he flatlined, generating a .205/.298/.361 slash line the rest of the way. Evaluators noted his trouble against fastballs.
The Giants have had difficulty signing high-end free agents in recent winters, with their overtures to Aaron Judge and others turned down. The addition of Chapman should complement what is expected to be a good pitching staff — including sinkerballer Logan Webb.
The New York Post first reported Chapman’s deal with the Giants.
Vogelbach’s slow HR trot draws ire of Yanks’ Cole
Cole, making his spring debut Friday night, gave up a two-run home run and a triple before manager Aaron Boone pulled him during a 1-2 count six batters into the Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
But the Yankees’ ace reappeared in the second inning — that’s allowed in spring training — to smoothly complete his workday, retiring the side in order and facing two more hitters in the third inning. In all, he allowed two earned runs on four hits across the two-plus innings. He threw 39 pitches.
“I’m executing the way I want to execute there,” Cole said.
The only issue Cole had Friday had nothing to do with his own performance. It was with Blue Jays designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach, who punctuated his two-run blast off Cole in the first inning with a bat flip and trot that bothered the right-hander.
“What’s the day?” Cole said. “Are we still in February? March 1st? Yeah, he enjoyed that homer.”
Asked if he would remember Vogelbach’s enjoyment, Cole replied: “I don’t forget a lot of things.”
Cole, 33, was one of the few bright spots during the Yankees’ disappointing 2023 season. The right-hander went 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 209 innings across 33 starts. The performance earned him his first Cy Young Award.
This year, he tops a starting rotation with a few question marks. Friday was a solid start even if he didn’t finish the first inning.
“It was good to be out there again,” Cole said, “and yeah, the stuff was pretty good.”
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