The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has requested Tesla to recall some 158,000 Mannequin S and Mannequin X automobiles that might endure from failing touchscreens, based on a letter published by the agency on Wednesday. The failures of the so-called “media management models” in these automobiles can sever the proprietor’s entry to their car’s backup digicam, local weather controls, and Tesla’s Autopilot driver help system, growing the chance of a crash, the protection company says.
The issue on the coronary heart of the defect that NHTSA needs fastened includes worn-out flash reminiscence chips used within the shows of 2012-2018 Mannequin S sedans and 2016-2018 Mannequin X SUVs. Every time an proprietor activates one among these Teslas, it eats away on the whole capability of the the 8GB eMMC NAND flash reminiscence chip onboard the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that powers the shows. When that capability is reached, the shows develop into bricked, as Motherboard first reported in 2019.
NHTSA opened a formal investigation into the problem last June, and mentioned Wednesday that the probe continues to be ongoing regardless of the request that Tesla recall the automobiles. It’s unclear if Tesla will comply. The corporate didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.