Tesla is recalling about 130,000 vehicles in its US model lineup because their touch screens could heat up and go blank.
The recall covers certain Model S sedans and Model X SUVs from 2021 and 2022, as well as Model 3 cars and Model Y SUVs from 2022.
Documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday said that during the fast-charging process, the central processing computer may not cool down sufficiently. This can cause the computer to lag or restart, causing the center screen to run slowly or appear blank.
Without a center screen, cars may lose the rearview camera display, the settings controlling the windshield defroster, and indicators that say whether the car is in drive, neutral and reverse. Which can increase the risk of accidents.
Tesla is fixing the problem with an online software update that will improve temperature management for computers. The updates started on May 3.
Tesla says it found a problem with a routine endurance test. The company has no reports of crashes or injuries, but received 59 related warranty claims from January to early May.
Tesla, whose CEO is Elon Musk, has faced safety problems this year, including several investigations opened by the nation’s road safety watchdog NHTSA. This recall is the 11th for the electric vehicle company since January 27. Most were fixed with software updates.
In early 2021, the Austin, Texas, company recalled about 135,000 vehicles because touch screens could go dark. Initially, the company declined to do the recall. The agency said the screen’s computer processor has a finite number of program-and-erase cycles and doesn’t last long. The company agreed to replace the computer processor.