Tesla asked to recall 158,000 cars for failing touchscreens
The National Highway Traffic Security Administration has asked Tesla to remember some 158,000 Model S and Model X lorries that might struggle with failing touchscreens, according to a letter released by the firm on Wednesday The failures of the so-called “media control systems” in these automobiles can sever the owner’s access to their lorry’s backup electronic camera, environment controls, and Tesla’s Auto-pilot driver assistance system, increasing the risk of a crash, the security agency says.
The problem at the heart of the defect that NHTSA wants fixed includes damaged flash memory chips utilized in the screens of 2012-2018 Model S sedans and 2016-2018 Model X SUVs. Each time an owner turns on among these Teslas, it gnaws at the overall capacity of the 8GB eMMC NAND flash memory chip onboard the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that powers the display screens. When that capability is reached, the screens end up being bricked, as Motherboard initially reported in 2019.
NHTSA opened an official investigation into the problem last June, and said Wednesday that the probe is still continuous regardless of the demand that Tesla recall the vehicles. It’s unclear if Tesla will comply. The company did not right away react to an ask for remark.
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