Tesla is asked to recall 158,000 vehicles due to potentially dangerous supply failure

Tesla was asked to recall 158,000 cars due to a potential supply failure months after the Elon Musk-owned company recalled 9500 Model Ys with defective roofs

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to Tesla
  • The letter asks Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X cars
  • All Model S cars were sold in 2012-2018 and Model X cars from 2016-2018
  • Problems stem from the memory card when the features are completely turned off
  • The memory card is partially filled every time the vehicle is started

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asks Tesla to recall approximately 158,000 vehicles due to the potential dangers from touchscreen malfunctions.

NHTSA recently sent out the company owned by Elon Musk Message It explains that it is investigating a potential defect affecting rearview cameras and air conditioning systems that defog windows.

The document specifically cites the Model S vehicles produced from 2012 through 2018 and the Model X from 2016 to 2018 – these models are designed with a specific processor that fails when reaching storage capacity.

The NHTS urges Tesla to notify the owners of said vehicles about the recall, if the company refuses, it must provide an explanation for this decision.

The message comes just months after Tesla was forced to recall 9,000 Model Xs due to the roof cladding and improperly placed bolts causing the roofs to fly off while driving.

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From 2012 through 2018, Tesla sold around 531,500 vehicles completely, and recalled cars can reach about 15 to 20 percent currently on the road.

The problem stems from a memory chip made by Nividia with an integrated 8GB flash drive, which is partially filled every time the car is started.

And when it reaches full capacity, the device fails.

Malfunctions in the rear view / backup camera and a loss of air conditioner defogging and defrosting windows have been observed.

A possible defect affecting the rear view cameras and air conditioning systems that defog the windows for the Model S (pictured) and Model X cars

A possible defect affecting the rear view cameras and air conditioning systems that defog the windows for the Model S (pictured) and Model X cars

The malfunction also affects the autopilot’s advanced driving system, along with flashers, acoustic bells, driver sensing, and alerts associated with these vehicle functions.

Stephen Redella, NHTSA Director of Defect Investigation Bureau, said in the letter: “ During our review of the data, Tesla provided assurance that all modules would inevitably fail due to the limited storage capacity of the memory device.

The NHTSA opened the investigation last June, as Tesla attempted to correct it with software updates “ over the air ”.

However, the agency notes that the efforts were “inadequate procedural and substantive.”

The email comes just months after the NHTSA commissioned Tesla to recall about 9,500 2016 Model Xs in November to trim that may break off and bolts that may not have been tightened properly.

The NHTSA said the front facelift roof trim and the spine may have been stuck in without using a primer first, and one or both trim pieces may separate from the car while it’s being driven.

In October, a Tesla customer from California posted a video on social media showing him driving down a highway in an all-new Model Y after his roof flew off after just two hours of driving it.

“Hey elonmusk, why didn’t you tell us that Tesla is selling convertibles now?” Driver wrote.

“Because the roof of our brand new Y model fell off the highway.”

The driver also wrote: “ I’ve heard there are some issues with Tesla’s quality assurance, but I don’t know how you can miss something as important as a roof that was installed.

The driver said that the roof fell “literally two hours after leaving the car park” for the dealer from whom he bought the car.

He writes that he immediately returned the car to the dealership.

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