The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States has, according to news site The Verge found that in older Teslas the large central multimedia screen can fail. And at Tesla, this screen is not only used to operate the audio system or display navigation instructions. It also controls various vital functions. This includes the Tesla’s Autopilot system, but also the climate control (and therefore the window defroster) and the reversing camera. According to the NHTSA, accidents are lurking because of this.
Failing memory chips
The root cause of the problem lies with the flash memory chips used. The NHTSA claims that these chips are guaranteed to fail after a number of years. Every time the car is started, part of the memory capacity of the chips is used up and it has now been calculated that most of them will definitely give the pipe to Maarten in 2022. The chips in question were installed in the Model S from 2012 to 2018 and in the Model X from 2016 to 2018. For the American market, this involves some 158,000 cars.
Tesla remains silent about recall
The problem with the chips was already reported in 2019 by Motherboard First, but in the view of the NHTSA, Tesla has not responded adequately. It is true that Tesla has performed online updates, but these would not be enough to address the problem. Tesla must respond to the NHTSA’s call by January 27. That has not happened yet.
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