A coding error has led Subaru to recall ans dispose of 300 of its Ascent 2019 SUVs. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report reveals that the error caused robots building the cars to miss two critical welds in the car’s fabrication.
The welds were located on the car’s B-pillars which hold the hinges to the second-row doors. The missing welds reduce the overall strength of the car’s body and could result in passengers suffering injury in a crash.
There is no way to fix the error post production so all the cars needed to be destroyed rather than refurbished. The defected cars were located between July 13 and July 21, although not all cars produced in this car were affected by the flaw.
This year other major car makers like Ford and Tesla have also experienced costly recalls due to errors. As we head into the robot revolution, automakers need to take a warning from Subaru and ensure development practices are strict without any exceptions on release quality.
Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk admits that having robots isn’t always the best solution. In an interview earlier this year he admitted that sometimes the robots slow down production rather than make it quicker.
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