Tesla is recalling about 130,000 cars in its US lineup because their touch screens can overheat and go out.
The recall applies to some Model S sedans and Model X SUVs from 2021 and 2022, as well as Model 3 cars and Model Y SUVs from 2022.
Documents released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say central processing computers may not cool down enough during the fast charging process. This may delay or restart the computer, causing the center screen to run slowly or appear blank.
Without a center screen, cars can lose rear view camera displays, settings that control windshield defrosters, and indicators that show whether cars are in drive, neutral and reverse. This can increase the risk of an accident.
Tesla is fixing a problem with an online software update that will improve temperature control for your computer. Updates began May 3.
Tesla says it has found a problem in routine endurance testing. The company has no reports of accidents or injuries, but it has received 59 warranty claims from January to early May.
This year, Tesla has faced a number of safety issues, including several investigations conducted by NHTSA, the National Road Safety Authority. The recall was the 11th for the company, which has been producing electric vehicles since Jan. 27. Most of them have been fixed with software updates.
In early 2021, the company in Austin, Texas, recalled about 135,000 vehicles, also because touch screens could darken. Initially, the company refused to withdraw. The agency said computer screen processors have a finite number of programming and erasure cycles and they don’t run long enough. The company has agreed to replace computer processors.