By TOM KRISHER – AP Auto Writer
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla is recalling nearly 54,000 cars and SUVs because their “Full Self-Driving” software lets them drive through stop signs without coming to a complete stop.
Documents released Tuesday by US security regulators say Tesla will disable the feature with a software update over the internet. The “rolling stop” function allows vehicles to pass through intersections with stop signs in any direction at up to 5.6 miles per hour.
The recall shows Tesla has programmed its vehicles to break the law in most states, where police will ticket drivers for ignoring stop signs. A spokesperson for the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices, said he was not aware of any states allowing roll stops.
Tesla agreed to the recall after two meetings with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials, documents show. Tesla said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by a feature.
The recall affects Model S sedans and X SUVs from 2016 to 2022, as well as Model 3 sedans from 2017 to 2022 and Model Y SUVs from 2020 to 2022.
Selected Tesla drivers “beta test” the “Full Self-Driving” software on public roads. The company says cars cannot drive themselves and drivers must be ready to act at all times.