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Tesla recalls 130,000 vehicles to fix touchscreen issues caused by an overheating CPU

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Tesla is recalling 130,000 vehicles resulting from a problem inflicting the CPU in autos’ infotainment programs to overheat throughout quick charging, probably making the automobile’s touchscreen malfunction or go fully clean (through The Associated Press). The electrical automobile maker began rolling out an over-the-air replace (OTA) on Could third to repair the problem on affected autos, which embrace the 2022 Mannequin 3 and Y, in addition to the 2021 and 2022 Mannequin X and S.

“Throughout fast-charging or preparation for fast-charging, the infotainment central processing unit (“CPU”) might not cool sufficiently to forestall increased than anticipated temperatures, which can trigger the CPU to gradual processing or restart,” the recall notice from the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) reads. “Slower processing or restarted processing might trigger the middle display screen show to lag or seem clean.” The recall doesn’t clarify precisely what brought on the issue or how the software program replace will resolve it, however it seems to have one thing to do with how the car preconditions the battery for Supercharger use.

As famous by NHTSA, this subject might stop drivers from utilizing their backup cam, shifting utilizing the touchscreen, in addition to from adjusting the velocity of their windshield wipers (some Tesla fashions regulate windshield wiper speeds robotically and solely home guide velocity controls within the central touchscreen). Whereas it’s not clear how widespread the problem is, NHTSA says Tesla “recognized 59 guarantee claims and 59 area reviews” probably associated to the problem and that the corporate isn’t conscious of any accidents or deaths attributable to it.

Tesla started shipping vehicles with AMD Ryzen-based chipsets powering the infotainment system final 12 months, however Tesla doesn’t point out whether or not the brand new processor is a part of the issue. Earlier this 12 months, some drivers observed a slight decrease in driving range in vehicles outfitted with the Ryzen CPUs when in comparison with older Teslas that got here with the Intel Atom.

Tesla has issued various remembers through the years, together with one which it couldn’t restore with an OTA replace — final December, the corporate recalled nearly half a million Model 3 and Model S cars for a malfunctioning trunk latch system. Extra not too long ago, Tesla recalled another 579,000 cars to take away a “Boombox” characteristic that NHTSA took subject with.

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