Tesla Recalls 130,000 Cars for Overheating Touch Screens
Tesla has issued another recall due to issues with the touch screens in several of its models. It’s the company’s second recall this month.
The recall impacts 129,960 vehicles and includes certain 2021-2022 Model S, Model X and 2022 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles operating certain firmware releases.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the infotainment CPU of the touch screen can overheat during fast charging, causing it to lag or restart. That lagging or restarting can cause several problems that could increase the risk of a crash including not displaying the rearview camera image, as well as issues with gear selection, windshield visibility control settings and warning lights.
Affected vehicles are expected to be fixed with an over-the-air software update.
Tesla continues to struggle with recalls, with nearly a dozen issued over the past six months:
- On May 2, Tesla recalled 48,184 vehicles, due to an issue with its speed display in certain 2018-2022 Model 3 Performance vehicles.
- On April 18, Tesla recalled more than 7,000 Tesla Model X vehicles from 2021 to 2022 for side air bags not deploying properly in a crash. At the same time, it reissued a recall for its Boombox feature impacting pedestrian safety.
- On March 24, Tesla recalled 947 vehicles due to an issue with the rearview image not displaying immediately after the car is put into reverse, putting the vehicles out of compliance with a federal safety standard on rear visibility.
- On Feb. 10, Tesla recalled 578,607 vehicles with the Boombox feature that the NHTSA said violated federal safety standards.
- On Feb. 9, Tesla announced it was recalling more than 26,000 vehicles due to a defective windshield defroster software that the NHTSA said could reduce visibility, putting drivers at risk.
- On Feb. 2, Tesla announced it was recalling 53,822 vehicles equipped with self-driving features the company says may cause a crash by not stopping at stop signs.
- In December, the company issued a recall of 475,00 vehicles for issues with review cameras due to damage to the camera’s cable harness from opening and closing the trunk.