Tesla is recalling about 130,000 vehicles in the United States after discovering their touchscreens can overheat and go blank.
The recalls affect certain 2021 and 2022 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, and 2022 Model 3 cars and Model Y SUVs.
“During fast charging or preparing for fast charging, the infotainment central processing unit (“CPU”) may not cool down sufficiently to prevent higher than expected temperatures, which may cause the CPU to slow down or restart processing.” it in the notification of the National States Department of Transportation.
“Slower processing or restarted processing could cause the middle screen to appear laggy or blank,” he continues, adding that “a delayed or restarted CPU payment is preventing the middle screen from showing the image of the reversing camera, gear selection, windshield vision control settings and warning lights, which increase the risk of accidents.
Without the center screen, cars may lose rear-view camera displays, settings to control windshield defrosters, and indicators that tell whether cars are in motion, neutral, or reverse. This can increase the risk of a crash.
Tesla is addressing the issue with online software updates that improve temperature management for the computer, with updates beginning May 3rd.
Elon Musk’s electric car company has had to carry out a series of recalls in recent years.
In February, it had to take back more than 817,000 vehicles in the United States because the seat belt warning tones did not sound when the vehicles were started and therefore did not notify the driver if they had not secured their seat belt buckle.
Last December, Tesla also had to recall nearly half a million of its 2017-2020 Model 3s to fix rear camera issues.
It said the company also needs to investigate issues with the Model S’s front hood and is recalling 119,009 of them. “A non-functioning backup camera reduces driver visibility and increases the risk of an accident,” according to the NHTSA.
It added: “Tesla Inc is recalling all 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles. The rear camera wiring harness may be damaged by opening and closing the trunk lid, preventing the rear camera image from being displayed.”
Additional coverage from the Associated Press