Although China is one of the top three cheapest countries to buy a Tesla in the world and previously reported that a design centre will be established in Beijing to create a Chinese-style Tesla, Tesla has encountered a lot of difficulties in China since last year.
Earlier, Tesla announced that it would recall some China-made Model 3 and Model Y produced between December 28, 2020, and January 15, 2022, with 12,003 and 14,044 vehicles, respectively. A total of 26,047 cars account for nearly 6% of China’s annual deliveries of Tesla, which is about 410,000 in 2021.
The recall is because the heat pump electronic expansion valve of some vehicles within the scope of this recall will move slightly when positioning. Because the software (2021.44 to 2021.44.30.6 version) does not have a corrective function, it may cause the valve to partially open for a long time, the heat pump compressor will stop working. Thus the vehicle’s heated function met failure. Under the above conditions, especially when the outside air temperature is lower than minus 10 degrees, the operation of the windshield defrosting system cannot achieve the defrosting effect stipulated by the national regulations, and the defroster function decline will interfere with the driver’s vision, thereby increasing the possibility of a collision risk when the vehicle is driving in cold weather, causing potential safety hazard.
This time, it is reported that Tesla will upgrade the software of vehicles within the recall range through the over-the-air update (OTA) technology. For vehicles that cannot be recalled, Tesla will contact relevant users through the Tesla service center to upgrade the software for the vehicle free of charge to eliminate safety hazards.