Tesla’s Boombox feature causes a ‘summon’ from NHTSA — again

It appears that Tesla’s Boombox job has once again angered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In a new safety recall report, NHTSA has set its sights on Tesla’s Boombox once again, this time focusing on job hazards when the company’s vehicles use the smart recall feature.

According to the NHTSA, current standards define requirements for pedestrian beeps for electric vehicles such as Teslas. These standards prohibit manufacturers from altering or modifying the sounds from their vehicles’ pedestrian warning systems, which are designed to make the vehicle’s presence more visible. On affected Tesla vehicles — of which an NHTSA number is estimated to be 594,717 Model 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X — Boombox may allow users to play custom sounds while a smart recall or recall is on.

While the NHTSA notes that Tesla’s Boombox sounds and the company’s pedestrian alert sounds are mutually exclusive, the agency noted that the sounds emitted by the Boombox feature could be interpreted as blocking or preventing the PWS from complying with the FMVSS 141 collision. However, Tesla is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or deaths related to NHTSA’s Boombox complaints.

In affected vehicles, the Boombox function allows the customer to play preset or customized sounds through the external PWS loudspeaker when the vehicle is stationary or in motion, including if a Summon or Smart Summon is in use. While Boombox and Pedestrian Alert are opposing sounds , the sounds emitted using the Boombox can be interpreted as blocking or preventing the PWS from complying with FMVSS 141 when the vehicle is in Drive, Neutral, or Reverse, including if a smart recall or recall is in use.This recall supersedes the recall number 22V-063 ‘,” as stated in the NHTSA Safety Recall Report.

In describing the repair program for the safety recall notice, NHTSA explained that Tesla has already released an over-the-air software update to disable the Boombox when its vehicles are in Drive, Neutral or Reverse. However, not all vehicles that received this update subscribe to the company’s full self-driving suite, which gives access to features like Summon and Smart Summon. The recall of the new Boombox can then be seen as a way for Tesla to be more careful, as it will ensure that Boombox disables its cars even if owners choose to purchase an FSD in the future.

In recall number 22V-063, which has been superseded by this recall, Tesla released an OTA firmware update to disable the use of the Boombox when the vehicle is in Drive, Neutral, or Reverse. Vehicles that received the OTA firmware update under 22V-063 that are currently configured without a recall or Smart Summoning no longer contain a non-compliance clause.However, owners of such vehicles may choose to purchase or sign up to use Smart Summoning or Summoning in the future.Therefore, as a precaution, Tesla will also publish on these vehicles the same firmware update that will disable the Boombox functionality during Use Summon or Smart Summon if these functions are enabled later.”

NHTSA’s new Boombox recall notice can be found below.

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Tesla’s Boombox feature causes a ‘summon’ from NHTSA — again