Tesla issues voluntary recall of 1.1 million vehicles over pinch protection

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Tesla issues voluntary recall of 1.1 million vehicles over pinch protection

The pinch protection feature on their power door windows may allow the driver to squeeze too hard before rolling the glass down, which is why the company is issuing a voluntary recall on nearly 1.1 million vehicles.

The issue was first discovered in August and validated in early September, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The pinch protection feature is intended to prevent injury to occupants' extremities as a window closes.

Federal guidelines say the system should be activated at no more than a squeezing force of 100 Newton before reversing.

The problem affects 1,096, 762 2017 -- 2022 Model 3, 2020 -- 2021 Model Y, and 2021 -- 2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.

Tesla has just implemented a firmware update that restores the system's operation to pre-delivery vehicles and new vehicles and is unaware of any incidents or injuries related to the issue.

Owners of existing vehicles won't have to bring them in for service as Tesla will issue a free over-the- air update that addresses the problem.

Exact timing for the update's release has not been announced, but Tesla's stores have already been notified and letters will be sent to owners in November as required by law.