The State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) notice states that Tesla will contact affected users to upgrade their vehicle’s software for free. The regulator said the defect affects some imported and domestically manufactured Model 3 and Model Y vehicles.
“The recall plan was filed with the State Administration of Market Regulation and it has been decided to recall the following vehicles from today,” SAMR said. The order comes as a new blow to Tesla, which has come under increasing regulatory scrutiny in China in recent months over several fatal collisions involving Tesla vehicles.
China’s government agency said in the notice, “Due to a problem in the cruise control system, the driver can easily activate the cruise control function by mistake. This will cause a sudden increase in the speed of the vehicle which in extreme cases can cause a collision, which may endanger security.”
The carmaker has also been targeted by several social media complaints from Chinese users about quality and service issues, which closed only after a high-profile customer protest at the Shanghai Auto Show in April. According to the manufacturer’s website, the cruise control function, which “matches your car’s speed to surrounding traffic” is an important part of Tesla’s Autopilot assisted driving function.
Tesla’s road ahead in China looked gold-plated when founder Elon Musk was given a rare permission to build a wholly-owned factory in Shanghai, reaching the head of the pack in China’s vast electric car market.
The company is extremely popular in China, where it sells one in every four cars. After the firm announced last month that it would set up a data center in China, users were concerned that their data could be passed on to the US. Tesla shares fell up to 8 percent during the US trading hours on Friday.