Tesla is recalling 130,000 vehicles on account of a difficulty inflicting the CPU in autos’ infotainment techniques to overheat throughout quick charging, doubtlessly making the automobile’s touchscreen malfunction or go utterly clean (by way of The Related Press). The electrical automobile maker began rolling out an over-the-air replace (OTA) on Could third to repair the difficulty on affected autos, which embody the 2022 Mannequin 3 and Y, in addition to the 2021 and 2022 Mannequin X and S.
“Throughout fast-charging or preparation for fast-charging, the infotainment central processing unit (“CPU”) might not cool sufficiently to forestall greater than anticipated temperatures, which can trigger the CPU to sluggish processing or restart,” the recall discover from the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) reads. “Slower processing or restarted processing may trigger the middle display screen show to lag or seem clean.” The recall doesn’t clarify precisely what prompted the issue or how the software program replace will resolve it, but it surely seems to have one thing to do with how the automobile preconditions the battery for Supercharger use.
As famous by NHTSA, this problem may stop drivers from utilizing their backup cam, shifting utilizing the touchscreen, in addition to from adjusting the velocity of their windshield wipers (some Tesla fashions alter windshield wiper speeds robotically and solely home handbook velocity controls within the central touchscreen). Whereas it’s not clear how widespread the difficulty is, NHTSA says Tesla “recognized 59 guarantee claims and 59 discipline experiences” doubtlessly associated to the difficulty and that the corporate isn’t conscious of any accidents or deaths brought on by it.
Tesla began delivery autos with AMD Ryzen-based chipsets powering the infotainment system final yr, however Tesla doesn’t point out whether or not the brand new processor is a part of the issue. Earlier this yr, some drivers seen a slight lower in driving vary in vehicles outfitted with the Ryzen CPUs when in comparison with older Teslas that got here with the Intel Atom.
Tesla has issued a lot of recollects through the years, together with one which it couldn’t restore with an OTA replace — final December, the corporate recalled almost half 1,000,000 Mannequin 3 and Mannequin S vehicles for a malfunctioning trunk latch system. Extra lately, Tesla recalled one other 579,000 vehicles to take away a “Boombox” function that NHTSA took problem with.