Defend Your Digits: Tesla recalls all models for pinch-prone power windows

Toronto, Ontario — A piece of advice for the next time you repair a Tesla —watch your fingers around those windows, as the EV automaker has recalled its entire model lineup from as far back as 2017 for a defect affecting its power window technology.

In a report announcing the recall on Sept. 22, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration described the issue affecting Teslas:

“When closing in circumstances subject to FMVSS 118, Section 5 (automatic reversal systems), the window may exert more force than Section 5 permits before retracting. The window may also retract less than the distance required under Section 5.”

In layman’s terms, when a Tesla window closes and detects an obstruction, it allows too much force to be exerted before the window is retracted, increasing the potential for pinching injuries.

To solve the issue, Tesla intends to release an over-the-air update that will recalibrate the vehicle’s automatic window reversal system by reducing the amount of force required to trigger the reversal system.

The Tesla models and their respective model years affected by this recall are as follows:

  • 2021-2022 Tesla Model S
  • 2021-2022 Tesla Model X
  • 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3
  • 2020-2022 Tesla Model Y


This recall affects 1,096,762 Tesla vehicles currently registered in the United States. Transport Canada has yet to issue a statement on the defect.


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