DETROIT ( Associated Press) — Tesla is recalling about 130,000 vehicles to the shop because their electronic displays can overheat and turn off.
Affected vehicles include some 2021 and 2022 Model S sedans and Model X trucks, as well as 2022 Model 3 units and Model Y SUVs.
According to documents released by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the mainframes during the recharge period sometimes do not cool down properly, causing the computer to go dormant. or restart, causing the screen to flicker or turn off.
Without the display, the driver can’t see when they’re in reverse, can’t control the windshield defroster, and is left without a drive, neutral, or reverse indicator. This increases the risk of a crash.
Tesla is fixing the bug with a software update that will improve the computer’s ability to equalize its temperature. Updates started on May 3.
Tesla said it caught the problem during a routine check. No crashes or injuries have been reported, he added, but 59 people made warranty claims between January and early May.
Tesla has suffered several problems this year and the NHTSA has opened several investigations. The recall is the 11th since Jan. 27 for the Austin, Texas-based company. Most of the bugs were fixed with software updates.
At the beginning of 2021, Tesla took some 135,000 vehicles off the market, also because the electronic screens were turned off. The company initially refused to call the vehicles in for repair. The NHTSA pointed out that the display processors had a limited number of cycles in which their programs can be erased and that this was insufficient. The company agreed to replace the processors in the computers.