The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles that may have suffered a failed display console, according to a letter published by the agency Wednesday. Failure of the so-called The “media controls” in these vehicles can cut owners’ access to Tesla’s backup cameras, climate control and Autopilot driver assistance systems, increasing the risk of accidents.
The issue at the heart of the flaw that NHTSA wants Tesla to fix is related to the degraded flash memory chip used in the displays of the 2012-2018 Model S sedan and 2016-2018 Model X SUV every time. Owner powering one of the Teslas machines, it eats up to the total capacity of the 8GB eMMC NAND flash memory chip on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor that powers the display. When it reached capacity – usually five to six years later, the agency said the exhibits turned into bricks. Motherboard The first report on the issue was in 2019.
Tesla confirmed to NHTSA that all entities with this chip “will inevitably fail,” according to the agency’s report, and has also provided a statistical model showing projected weekly repairs spanning the length of time. The time from 2020 to 2028 where most of the failures happened in 2022.
NHTSA opened a formal investigation into the issue last June and said Wednesday that its investigation was continuing despite Tesla’s request to recall the car. It was not immediately clear if Tesla would comply.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the letter, NHTSA acknowledged that Tesla had issued over-the-air software updates to mitigate failures. But the agency believes these don’t go far enough, especially since the issue cuts off access to backup cameras, which are now becoming. Federated features “[T]This update is procedural and significantly inadequate, ”the agency wrote.
While Tesla used a large touch screen in its cars. But there is more than one problem with the previous version. Aside from the flash memory issues at the heart of NHTSA’s recall requests, early Tesla displays suffered from bubbling and yellow stripes because they weren’t standardized by conventional automotive vehicles.