Tesla Recalls 130k Vehicles Over CPU Overheating and Touchscreen Problem

Once again, Tesla is recalling thousands of its vehicles due to touchscreen issues caused by an overheating CPU.

Tesla is recalling nearly 130,000 vehicles from the 2021 and 2022 Model S and Model X lines, as well as 2022 Model 3 and Model Y lines due to an issue causing the CPU to overheat during fast charging, potentially making the vehicle’s touchscreen malfunction or go completely blank.

The recall was issued on 3rd May by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The glitch begins whenever vehicles “supercharge” or fast-charge. And whenever vehicles fast-charge, it causes the CPU to overheat resulting in the vehicle’s touchscreen freezing or experiencing delays.

Tesla Recall Says Touchscreen Malfunction Increases Crash Risk

Many vital functions of these vehicles are controlled using the touchscreen -including turn signals, backup cameras, and, in some cases, shifting gears entirely – touchscreen malfunction could result in a loss of control while driving.

“A lagging or restarting CPU may prevent the center screen from displaying the rearview camera image, gear selection, windshield visibility control settings, and warning lights, increasing the risk of a crash,” according to the NHTSA.

Tesla was aware of the issue while testing the Model 3 and Y “vehicle platform CPU” in late 2021. Between January 2022, the problem was first identified internally, and in May 2022, Tesla received 59 warranty claims and 59 field reports due to touchscreen malfunctioning. 

Tesla said that there are no known crashes, injuries, or deaths due to this touchscreen glitch.

Tesla Is Recalling Second Time In Two Years Over Touchscreen Issue

This is the second time in two years that Tesla has had mass recalls due to touchscreen, and yet another nick on the brand’s safety reputation.

In 2021, the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation found that certain 2012 to 2018 Model S vehicles and 2016 to 2018 Model X vehicles were facing touchscreen malfunction and lagging issues when the car’s “storage capacity was reached.” Tesla recalled approximately 158,000 vehicles which the company eventually agreed to after first refusing.

Tesla has issued many recalls in a short period of time. Recently, Tesla recalled 48,000 Model 3 Performance vehicles in the United States in April due to an issue with the speedometer when in “Track Mode”.

Tesla has issued many recalls for camera-related issues. In December 2021, Tesla recalled 356,309 of its 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles to fix rearview camera issues.

Last month, Tesla recalled more than 7,200 of its 2021-2022 Model X vehicles because left or right front-row side curtain airbags may not deploy properly when the windows are down.

Tesla will mail owner notification letters beginning July 1, according to the recall.

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