The State Regulatory Authority for Market Regulation (SAMR) announcement says Tesla will contact affected users to upgrade their vehicle’s software for free. This defect affects some imported and domestically made Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.
SAMR said, “The withdrawal plan has been submitted to the state administration for market regulation and it has been decided to recall the following vehicles from today.” The order comes as a new blow to Tesla, which has been the subject of increasing regulatory scrutiny in China in recent months over a number of dangerous collisions involving Tesla vehicles.
China’s state agency said in a statement that “due to a problem with the travel control system, the driver could easily malfunction the travel control function. This could lead to a sudden increase in vehicle speed, which could lead to a collision in extreme cases, which could endanger safety.”
The carmaker has been the target of numerous social media complaints from Chinese users about quality and service issues, which closed only after a high-profile customer protest at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. According to the manufacturer’s website, the shipping control function, which “matches the speed of your car with the traffic around it”, is an important part of Tesla’s automated pilot assistant driving function.
Tesla’s road in China appeared to be gold-plated, and when founder Elon Musk was given the rare permission to build a wholly-owned factory in Shanghai, it reached the back of the pack in China’s vast electric car market.
The company is very popular in China, where it sells one in every four cars. After the company announced last month that it would set up a data center in China, users expressed concern that their data could be sent to the United States. Shares of Tesla fell as much as 8 percent on Friday during U.S. trading hours.