Tesla Recalls 200,000 Vehicles for Rearview Camera Glitch

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Tesla recently recalled almost every vehicle it has sold to update the Autopilot system with new driver monitoring features and safeguards. We’re now learning of another significant recall, this time involving almost 200,000 cars for issues with the backup camera software that could obstruct visibility.

The recall affects Model S, X, and Y vehicles equipped with the full self-driving computer system version 4 and a specific version of Tesla’s operating system. All affected models are from 2023. Recall documentation states that the software may cause the camera image to appear blank when the vehicle is in reverse.

The visibility reduction could increase the risk of a crash, but Tesla said owners could continue driving the vehicle using the old-school backup method, which requires the driver to turn their head and use the mirrors to see behind the car. Teslas have several cameras, some of which are integrated with vehicle safety systems and driver assistance features, so joking aside, they’re an essential part of everyday operation.

Tesla has received 81 warranty claims related to the problem but said it’s not aware of crashes, injuries, or deaths. The automaker has already released a software update to fix the camera issue, which began rolling out in late December. Tesla stores and owners will be notified by mail, but the software update is free and does not require a trip to a service center.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on Jan 27, 2024

    Imagine just doing it right the first time. How many other things will break because of this software update?

    • VoGhost VoGhost on Jan 27, 2024

      Only someone who doesn't own a piece of electronics from the last 20 years would say something this stupid. It's an over-the-air software updates. They happen all the time. But since the words 'Tesla' and 'recall' were in the same sentence, big oil simps are in a tizzy.

  • Tassos Tassos on Jan 27, 2024


  • VoGhost VoGhost on Jan 27, 2024

    Oh no! Another software release, just like Tesla does every week. How will Tesla survive????

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    • 1995 SC 1995 SC on Jan 30, 2024

      The biggest car vulnerabilities have been exploited via USB though

  • Akear Akear on Jan 29, 2024

    For incompetent Tesla can't beat GM and their hapless Blazer EV, which had an astounding 23 software errors when tested by Edmunds. The Blazer is still not for sale.