Tesla faces major recall for Boombox feature that plays fart sounds outside the vehicle

Elon Musk is blaming the “fun police” for Tesla’s fourth recall in two weeks, this time targeting the 2020 update that allows the vehicles to play sounds like goats bleating and flatulation noises outside the vehicle.

“The fun police made us do it (sigh),” Musk Tweeted on Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the noises violate safety standards because they may obscure pedestrians’ ability to hear mandated Pedestrian Warning System sounds that prevent accidents. The latest recall affects 578,607 vehicles, and Tesla plans to fix the issue with a software update.

The affected vehicles are 2020-2022 Model S, Model X, Model Y and certain 2017-22 Model 3s. The new Tesla recall comes on the heels of three others that were issued earlier this month.

One was because of a chime that sometimes failed to sound when a passenger’s seat belt was not engaged, self-driving EV’s making illegal rolling stops in some situations due a programming issue, the ability for video games to be played on the center console screen while the vehicle was operational, and a heat pump malfunction that caused 26,000 models of Tesla vehicles not to have defrosters or heat inside the cars.




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