Tesla is hit by ‘safety recall’ of all Full Self-Driving Beta cars over ‘rolling stop’ feature, will have to roll it back

by Fred Lambert

Tesla has been hit by a safety recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  on all vehicles in its Full Self-Driving Beta over a feature called “rolling stop” that allows vehicles to drive past stop signs.

The automaker is going to have to roll back the feature in an upcoming software update.

NHTSA took issue with the feature first introduced in Tesla’s 2020.40.4.10 Full Self-Driving Beta software update back in the original release of FSD Beta in October 2020, but it went mostly unnoticed.

The agency met with Tesla to talk about it only on January 10, 2022, and a week later they decided to proceed with the voluntary safety recall.

Here’s how the “rolling stop” feature is described in the recall notice:

The “rolling stop” functionality is designed to allow the vehicle to travel through an all-way-stop intersection without coming to a complete stop when several operating conditions are first met. The required conditions include:

• The functionality must be enabled within the FSD Beta Profile settings; and • The vehicle must be approaching an all-way stop intersection; and • The vehicle must be traveling below 5.6mph; and

• No relevant moving cars are detected near the intersection; and • No relevant pedestrians or bicyclists are detected near the intersection; and • There is sufficient visibility for the vehicle while approaching the intersection; and • All roads entering the intersection have a speed limit of 30 mph or less.