Tesla recalls 130,000 cars because the CPU is overheating

Tesla recalls 130,000 cars because the CPU is overheating

Tesla recalls 130

Tesla has started a new recall campaign involving 130,000 cars produced between 2021 and 2022 due to an overheating problem in the processor running the car's control software; fortunately, also in this case, the Californian company is able to solve the problem remotely by releasing a software update.

The problem arises when the system processor overheats, at which point the touchscreen display begins to work. shots becoming unusable: Tesla has noticed that the problem occurs during the charging phases and while pre-conditioning the passenger compartment before unplugging the car from charging.

“A CPU lagging or restarting may prevent the display from showing images from the rear view camera, or the gear selector or the controls of the wipers, or even the hazard lights, increasing the risk of an accident. "

The vehicles involved in the campaign are 129,960, and are divided between Tesla Model 3 and Model Y produced in 2022, and Tesla Model S and X produced between 2021 and 2022; As always Tesla will notify every single customer of the recall in place, and will provide the software update free of charge to all the cars that need it, but as usual it is possible that the update will be done automatically and that Tesla's notification even arrives after the problem was fixed - never mind, in any case.

Tesla has often been the protagonist of recall campaigns in recent months, but in all cases it has been only minor software updates that have not minimally impacted on car use, nor nuisance to customers who did not have to do anything but accept the system update.

Once again the high degree of connectivity of Tesla cars gives an advantage to Elon Musk's company compared to the competition, even if by now the whole industry is adapting to this standard.

Tesla recalls 130K cars, SUVs over touch screens that can go blank

FREMONT — Tesla is recalling about 130,000 vehicles across its U.S. model lineup because their touch screens can overheat and go blank.

The recalls covers certain Model S sedan and Model X SUVs from 2021 and 2022, as well as Model 3 cars and Model Y SUVs from 2022.

Documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that during the fast-charging process, the central processing computers may not cool sufficiently. That can cause the computer to lag or restart, making the center screen run slowly or appear blank.

Without the center screen, the cars can lose rearview camera displays, settings that control windshield defrosters and indicators that say whether the cars are in drive, neutral and reverse. That can increase the risk of a crash.

Tesla is fixing the problem with online software updates that will improve temperature management for the computer. Updates began on May 3.

Tesla says that it found the problem in routine endurance testing. The company has no reports of crashes or injuries, but it received 59 related warranty claims from January to early May.

Tesla has had a spate of safety problems this year, including multiple investigations opened by NHTSA, the nation's road safety watchdog. The recall is the 11th for the electric vehicle company since Jan. 27. Most were fixed with software updates.

Early in 2021 the Austin, Texas, company recalled about 135,000 vehicles, also because the touch screens could go dark. Initially the company had refused to do a recall. The agency said the screens' computer processors have a finite number of program-and-erase cycles and didn't last long enough. The company agreed to replace the computer processors.