(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- For the third time in two weeks, Tesla was forced to recall more of its vehicles in the United States.
Last week, the electric vehicle company recalled 26,600 vehicles because the heating system may not defrost the windshield quickly enough, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain 2021 and 2022 Models 3, S, and X as well as some 2020 through 2022 Model Y vehicles.
According to US safety regulators, a software error can cause a valve in the heat pumps to open unintentionally, trapping refrigerant inside the evaporator and reducing defrosting performance.
The error can also deplete the refrigerant in some parts of the heat pump which triggers a fail-safe measure that causes the compressor to stop working resulting in a loss of cabin heat when temperatures are below 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tesla said last Wednesday that it would be sending out an online software update to fix the issue, however, it did not know of any crashes or injuries linked to the defrost problem.
This is Tesla’s 14th recall since January 2021, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records, and the third recall in two weeks.
Two weeks ago, Tesla issued a recall on 54,000 vehicles because the “Full Self-Driving” software’s “rolling stop” feature allows them to roll through stop signs instead of coming to a complete halt.
Just three days later, it was reported that a faulty seatbelt chime impacting 817,143 Tesla vehicles made in 2021 and 2022 had prompted another Tesla recall.
Federal safety standards require all vehicles to include an audible seatbelt reminder if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt after the vehicle is started. Due to a software bug, the seatbelt chime on some Teslas was not always sounding and the accompanying visual alert for unbuckled seatbelts is also affected.
In both recalls, Tesla said it knew of no instances where there have been crashes or injuries related to the software problems.