Tesla (TSLA) is recalling nearly 54,000 electric cars and SUVs because its Full Self-Driving feature could cause the cars to fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, which could increase the risk of a crash.

The recall affects Tesla’s 2017 to 2022 Model 3, 2016 to 2022 Model S, 2016 to 2022 Model X, and 2020 to 2022 Model Y vehicles.

According to the recall notice, the “rolling stop” functionality that is part of the Full Self-Driving beta-testing software on the electric vehicles could cause cars to travel through an all-way stop intersection without coming to a complete stop first, which could heighten the risk of a crash.

A rolling stop in the Full Self-Driving mode is allowed in Tesla vehicles when certain conditions are met, such as no moving cars are detected near the intersection, no pedestrians or bicyclists are nearby, and all roads entering the intersection have a speed limit of 30 mph or less.

If these conditions and others are met, the vehicle can perform a rolling stop at speeds up to 5.6 mph.

To remedy the issue, Tesla will perform an over-the-air software update to disable the “rolling stop” functionality at no charge to vehicle owners. Telsa owners are expected to be notified of the recall by mail on March 28.

Questions about the recall can be directed to Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752.

The recall from Tesla comes after two meetings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, documents for the recall indicated.

Tesla said that it was not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the rolling stop feature.

As of Tuesday's premarket hours, shares of Tesla were trading at $943.99, up $7.27 or 0.78%.

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