In case you missed it, Tesla has issued yet another over-the-air recall for over 48,000 Model 3 Performance vehicles due to a problem with the “track mode” feature. This update follows a recent string of recalls which, fortunately, were minor issues that could be fixed over-the-air via a simple software update.
In the official recall notice, Tesla shared that it is recalling certain 2018-2022 Model 3 Performance vehicles. The unit of speed (mph or km/h) may fail to display on the speedometer while in Track Mode. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 101, “Control and Displays.”
For those unfamiliar, the Track Mode feature was first featured in the Model 3 Performance back in 2018 and, since then, has received an update in the form of Track Mode V2. Track Mode enables drivers to “get more out of their Model 3” in a racing/track environment. Specifically, Track Mode utilizes Tesla’s in-house vehicle dynamic controls (VDC) system to tap into “more advanced” driving modes. Track Mode V2 offers more customization features, as well as maps of some racetracks with a full “video game-like experience” inside the car.
While this performance feature is designed to be used for high-speed closed circuit driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that the feature is still accessible outside of racetracks, hence the justification for a recall.
To date, Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or fatalities related to the Model 3 Performance’s Track Mode issue, and the automaker is going to send all owners a notice of recall by June 6, 2022.