Tesla Recalling Nearly 600,000 Vehicles Due to Inadequate Pedestrian Warning Sound

Tesla Recalling Nearly 600,000 Vehicles Due to Inadequate Pedestrian Warning Sound

Barely three months into 2022, Tesla, the electric luxury vehicle manufacturer, is issuing yet another recall. Tesla issued four recalls alone in just the first two weeks of February. The latest recall in the U.S. affects a staggering 578,607 vehicles. The purpose of the latest recall is to disable Tesla’s “Boombox” technology. The sound required to warn pedestrians of an approaching Tesla (The Pedestrian Warning System or PWS) is muffled or simply put, cannot always be heard when loud music (or other sounds at the owner’s discretion) is emitted through the Tesla Boombox feature.

Tesla is recalling all Model S, X, and Y vehicles manufactured between 2020 and 2022, and some Model 3s manufactured between 2017 and 2022. All the vehicles mentioned in the recall come equipped with the boombox feature and the PWS, which emits warning noises for notifying pedestrians and cyclists of passing cars.

How is Tesla Resolving This Issue?

Instead of traditional recall methods requiring customers to bring the car to a dealership to get the issue checked and fixed, a software update will be transmitted to all affected vehicles. The update will fix the problem by no longer allowing The Boombox to be active when the car is set in neutral, drive, or reverse.

Additionally, as Tesla is no longer based in California but Texas, customers will be mailed owner notification statements on April 5, 2022.

Tesla says customers can contact the company for more information regarding this and any of the other recalls issued via their customer service number, which we have listed below:


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V063000, provides additional information about this recall, potentially affecting over half a million Tesla vehicles nationwide. Please visit and enter your vehicle information on the NHTSA Safety Issues and Recalls page. Once on the website’s page, you will be prompted to enter your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), so be sure to have it handy.

If My Vehicle has Been Affected by This Recall, What Should I Do?

You must get your vehicle repaired as soon as possible if it is part of a specific recall because it could be dangerous to you, your passengers, and pedestrians. Separate correspondence should arrive in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer informing you about the recall, explaining when the fix will be available, who to contact for the repair, and noting that the repair is free. If you do not receive a letter from the vehicle manufacturer announcing the recall of your vehicle, you should contact The NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or you may reach out to your vehicle manufacturer or dealer.

Although vehicle occupants are not at great risk here, there are still significant concerns for public safety and potential tragedy. If pedestrians or bicyclists aren’t able to hear approaching vehicles, they are at risk of being seriously injured. This vehicle design flaw can lead to severe injuries or fatalities due to the lack of a warning sound.

If you have had an accident that you believe was triggered by the issue described in this recall or have questions regarding other recalls and vehicle safety issues, it is wise to contact an experienced California attorney who can help hold the manufacturer accountable.

February 22, 2022