Tesla, one of the world’s largest electric vehicle makers has been forced to recall 134,951 of its 2016–2018 Model X SUVs and 2012–2018 Model S sedans by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after a fault was discovered in their infotainment system processor.
Tesla recalls vehicles over failing touchscreens that could increase risk of accidents https://t.co/giIHqD7Vic
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The recall stems from an issue in Tesla’s media control unit (MCU) which causes the display to blackout and no longer project the rearview camera as the vehicle reverses. Due to the lack of a functional display, drivers are also unable to adjust the defrost and climate control settings, and also can’t use the exterior turn signals.
Tesla recognised this fault and responded to the NHTSA exactly how you would expect a company owned by Elon Musk to respond, with an extremely tongue in cheek statement that read- “the driver can perform a shoulder check and use the mirrors” when the display does not show the rearview camera. In terms of the climate control issue, Tesla said drivers “will be able to manually clear the windshield”.
The automaker did, however, say that it will replace the faulty MCU with a newer one that has a much longer life span than the previous version at no charge to the owners. Tesla will also reimburse owners who have already replaced their MCU, according to Car And Driver.
Read the full NHTSA report here.