Tesla asked to recall 158,000 cars over safety concerns

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Tesla has been asked to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over an issue with failing touchscreens, which could increase the risk of crashes.

The problem involves the memory chips used in the displays of cars made between 2012 and 2018, which wear out, causing the screen to stop working.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent Tesla a formal letter requesting the recall.

It has until 27 January to respond.

Tesla has implemented some over-the-air updates to mitigate some of the issues – but the NHTSA said they were insufficient to address it concerns.

It said the failure of the media-console units (MCU) was "a defect related to motor-vehicle safety" because of a range of safety issues, including:

  • the loss of rear-view camera images and controls for heating, air conditioning and defrosting
  • the potential loss of audible chimes and alerts associated with indicators and the driver-assistance Autopilot feature

And it requested "Tesla initiate a recall to notify all owners, purchasers and dealers of the subject vehicles of this safety defect and provide a remedy".

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