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The Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration requested Tesla to recall 158,000 Mannequin S and Mannequin X vehicles due to “media-control unit” — the touchscreen and related tech— failures.

You’ll be able to learn NHTSA’s full letter to Tesla here, however right here is the meat of it:

Sure of those Mannequin S and X autos have been outfitted with an NVIDIA Tegra three processor with an built-in 8GB eMMC NAND flash reminiscence machine (the “topic autos”). A part of this 8GB storage capability is used every time the automobile is began. The eMMC NAND cell {hardware} fails when the storage capability is reached, leading to failure of the MCU. The MCU is the automobile’s show display, which controls sure points of efficiency topic to Federal motorcar security requirements (“FMVSS”)1 and different safety-relevant capabilities. Particularly, failure of the MCU leads to lack of the rearview/backup camera2 and lack of HVAC (defogging and defrosting setting controls (if the HVAC standing was OFF standing previous to failure). The failure additionally has an antagonistic impression on the Autopilot superior driver help system (“ADAS”), in addition to flip sign performance because of the potential lack of audible chimes, driver sensing, and alerts related to these automobile capabilities.

ODI has tentatively concluded that the failure of the media management unit (MCU) constitutes a defect associated to motorcar security. Accordingly, ODI requests that Tesla provoke a recall to inform all house owners, purchasers, and sellers of the topic autos of this security defect and supply a treatment, in accordance with the necessities of the Nationwide Site visitors and Motor Car Security Act, 49 U.S.C. §§ 30118-30120.

Tesla doesn’t do mannequin years, however NHTSA nonetheless does, saying the vehicles concerned are 2012-2018 Mannequin S and 2016-2018 Mannequin X.

Over 12,000 Mannequin Ss and Xs have had this failure occur (that we all know of), as my colleague Jason Torchinsky reported in November. Additionally as Jason wrote then, it is a weirdly preventable subject, since Tesla knew that the flash reminiscence would fail sooner or later, however miscalculated how lengthy it will take within the life cycle of the automobile.

Tesla already announced a warranty adjustment program to handle the difficulty, however that solely applies in case your touchscreen is bricked due to this; a recall would cowl these folks and everybody else. I emailed Tesla for remark and can replace this publish in the event that they reply.