As we know Tesla has a really decent price for everything that you’re getting here. Today we will discuss Tesla Recalls vehicles over some Failures. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also known as the NHTSA is formally asking Tesla to recall over 100000 model S’s and model X’s over a problem with the media unit. And Tesla is apparently going to be recalling these vehicles due to chip issues that they’re having in these cars which is leading to some touch screen failures. This includes 2012 through 2018 model S and 2016 through the 2018 model X.
The media unit is also known as the entire interface that controls the screen. Basically Tesla designed the model S’s with a large centre touch screen to control nearly everything in the car. And that touch screen is failing it’s a big deal because everything is controlled there. Over time owners of older model S’s and X’s notice that their touch screen becomes less responsive, the power up time gets longer, the screen freezes and needs a reboot and the entire system eventually fails.
Tesla has already deal with a few recalls for their brand new model Y. The first was back in September and was an issue with trailer brake lights failing to illuminate. When braking increasing the risk of a crash according to the NHTSA. Back in November there was a more serious recall for loose control arm bolts that may affect steering that can cause the wheels to lean in or out decreasing the driver’s ability to steer and increasing the risk of crash. This was a more serious issue but it only potentially affected 401 model Y’s.
Model S and X recall seems to be one of the biggest Tesla has faced thus far. Tesla has been dealing with an issue with their media units that they call M. C. U. But at the other hand this is nothing new for an automaker. When we hear the term recall. We tend to think about a car manufacturer taking back all of their cars and customers being given new ones. However the official definition of a recall from the NHTSA is “A recall is issued when a manufacturer or an NHTSA determines that a vehicle equipment car seat or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.”
Repurchasing a vehicle only happens in rare cases as mentioned above. A recall really just means that there is a required repair, customers need to bring that car for service to get that fixed and the company has to cover the cost. The official word from the NHTSA is “NHTSA is investigating a potential safety related defect concerning incidents of media control unit failures resulting in loss of rear view camera and other safety related vehicle functions in certain model year 2012 through 2018 Tesla model S and model year 2016 through 2018 model X vehicles.
In 2018 Tesla introduced a new version of the MCU that doesn’t suffer from the same issues but it’s a nearly inevitable issue that will eventually affect most model S’s and X’s built before they change the MCU in 2018. NHTSA opened a formal investigation into the issue in June of 2020 and now they’re officially asking Tesla to recall 158000 model S’s and X’s for these display failures. Tesla finally acknowledge this issue back in November of 2020 and now seeing extended warranties for the MCU touch screen.