Electric car manufacturer Tesla will reportedly recall over 135,000 vehicles to repair a computer memory failure. The issue that affects the cars’ touch screen could pose a safety risk by causing a loss of some features. The carmaker notified the US NHTSA, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the massive recall, said the regulator on Tuesday.
According to the notification sent by Tesla to NHTSA, the recall covers all Model S cars from 2012 to 2018 and all Model X SUVs from 2016 to 2018 that are equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. NHTSA said that about 159,000 vehicles were affected by the memory issues. However, the carmaker said the recall does not cover those cars that were already upgraded to the Intel Atom processor.
Tesla Will Fix The Issue for Free
According to Tesla, when the flash memory in the touchscreen reaches the end of its useful life, various issues may occur in the car. Tesla said, “It can cause failures of the center display software components, and may indirectly cause loss of the rearview camera display, defrost/defog control settings and exterior turn signal lighting”. Further, the company said it will fix the issue at no cost to car owners, starting in late March.
Note that you can still drive the car as there’s no problem with the car parts. Tesla has said that it isn’t aware of any accidents due to this issue either. However, the company said that the failure may increase the risk of a crash. In late March this year, Tesla will start repairing this issue for the said cars — at no additional cost.