NHTSA-style feds, however, were unhappy with that strategy and sent a letter (PDF) to Tesla today calling on the company to carry out a recall that would notify owners of 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. Originally created in March 2018, as the letter describes, the loss of touchscreen access means the loss of backup cameras and control over things like windshield defroster, which they argue could have caused an accident.
such as TechCrunch Pointing out, they write, “Tesla asserts that all units will inevitably fail due to the limited storage capacity of the memory devices. Tesla provided its own statistical model showing weekly MCU repairs. Projected from 2020 to 2028, it is estimated that the replacement rate for MCU failures will peak in early 2022 and will gradually decline until complete (near) turnover of all parts in 2028.
The letter was requested by Tesla by Jan. 27.Earlier today, Tesla publicly promoted NHTSA̵7;s five-star safety rating for the Model Y, but did not comment publicly on the recall request.