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US asks Tesla why it didn't recall the Autopilot driving system after Tesla denied the claim

US asks Tesla why it didn't recall the Autopilot driving system after Tesla denied the claim

U.S. highway safety investigators want to know why Tesla didn't file recall documents when it updated Autopilot software so it could better spot parked emergency vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Tesla on Tuesday that it must recall the car if an over-the-internet update reduces a safety risk.

The agency also ordered Tesla to provide information on its Full Self-Driving software, which's being tested on public roads with some owners.

The latest confrontation demonstrates the rise in tensions between Tesla and the agency that controls partially automated driving systems.

After receiving multiple reports of cars crashing into emergency vehicles with warning lights flashing that were stopped on roads, the federal agency began an investigation into Tesla's Autopilot in August after receiving reports that several vehicles had warning lamps flashed and collided with them.

The letter was posted on the NHTSA website early Wednesday morning.

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