Tesla Recalls Nearly 1.1 Million U.S. Vehicles

Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million U.S. vehicles in order to update a window reversing software in the vehicles. The cars are being pulled because the window automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction, increasing the risk of injury.

It means the automatic window system is struggling to detect key things in its path, like fingers.

The electric vehicle manufacturer announced it would perform an over-the-air software update of the automatic window reversal system. The recall covers some 2017-2022 Model 3, 2020-2021 Model Y, and 2021-2022 Model S and Model X vehicles.

Tesla says the problem can be fixed in a pinch, through an over-the-air software update.

Tesla shares were down 3.5 percent in Thursday afternoon trading. Tesla Chief Executive and richest man in the world Elon Musk took to Twitter to criticize the description of the callback as a recall.

“The terminology is outdated & inaccurate. This is a tiny over-the-air software update. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no injuries,” Musk said in a tweet.

The latest recall comes as Musk faces other skepticism for a newly released plan to deploy thousands of humanoid robots, known as Tesla Bot or Optimus, within its factories, expanding eventually to millions around the world.

Tesla is expected to unveil a prototype of its Optimus project on September 30 at its “AI Day.” 

Longer term, Musk said at a TED Talk robots could be used in homes, making dinner, mowing the lawn and caring for elderly people, and even becoming a “buddy” or a “catgirl” sex partner.

The robot business eventually may be worth more than Tesla’s car revenue, according to Musk, who is now touting a vision for the company that goes well beyond making self-driving electric vehicles.

But everyone is not on board. Tesla faces skepticism that it can show technological advances that would justify the expense of “general purpose” robots in factories, homes, and elsewhere, according to robotics experts, investors and analysts.

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