The cars reportedly have problems with the automatic power steering and door latch controls.
Tesla is recalling more than 1.6 million Model S, X, 3 and Y electric vehicles in China over issues with the automatic power steering and door latch controls.
China’s State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) announced the recall on Friday and said Tesla Motors in Beijing and Shanghai would use remote updates to fix the problems.
“For vehicles within the scope of this recall, when the automatic power steering feature is activated, the driver may misuse the level two combined power steering feature, increasing the vehicle’s risk of collision. and poses a safety hazard,” SAMR said.
The recall also includes 7,538 imported Tesla models manufactured between October 26, 2022 and November 16, 2023, which had an “issue with the door unlock logic controls.”
In 2022, the company also recalled nearly 128,000 cars in China due to a rear motor inverter defect.
China is a major market and manufacturing center for Tesla, and the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, has established close ties with Chinese officials even as relations between the United States and China have deteriorated.
Tesla’s Shanghai production facility, its first overseas-built “gigafactory,” delivered around 947,000 vehicles in 2023, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported earlier this week.
The recall comes after more than two million Tesla electric vehicles were recalled in the United States last month to improve their driver tracking system.
It also comes after a two-year investigation by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found the system was defective after a series of accidents while the car was in Autopilot mode.
The updates are aimed at getting drivers using Tesla’s Autopilot system to pay more attention to the road, and Tesla filings with the US government say the software will increase warnings and alerts to drivers to Keep your hands on the wheel.