Tesla has been badly publicized in China this year, with Chinese officials expressing concern about the security risks of Tesla electric vehicles and protesting the US automaker’s handling of customer complaints in the country. According to theverge, Tesla still has bad news, and according to the Wall Street Journal, Tesla has recalled more than 285,000 electric vehicles in China. Most of these vehicles are locally built and recalled due to the safety hazard in the cruise control system.
The recall includes 249,855 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y units built at the Gigafactory in Shanghai, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal. There are also 35,655 Tesla Model 3s, all of which were produced from December 2019 to June 2021. According to the organization, the vehicle cruise control system can be activated accidentally, causing their speed to increase unexpectedly. Owners can remotely upgrade their electric vehicle cruise control software.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company disbands its press office and usually does not respond to media requests. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tesla apologized to customers from its page on Weibo, China’s social networking platform.
Tesla signed an agreement to build facilities in China in 2018, and began delivering vehicles manufactured at the Shanghai Gigafactory plant in December 2019. The company said it aims to produce 500,000 vehicles a year in China, the world’s largest electric vehicle market.