The National Highway Traffic protection management asked Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc to remember 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over news control unit (MCU) failures that could pose safety risks by leading to touchscreen displays no longer working, Wednesday.
The auto security agency made the request that is unusual an official letter to Tesla after updating a safety probe in November, saying it had tentatively determined the 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles “contain a defect related to automobile safety.”
Tesla did not instantly answer a request comment nonetheless it must respond to NHTSA by Jan. 27. It must provide the agency “with the full explanation of its choice. if it generally does not agree”
It’s unusual for the agency to need a recall formally. Automakers typically voluntarily accept a recall if desired in talks by regulators.
The agency stated it desired the recall after considering “tesla’s briefing that is technical … and examined Tesla’s assertions.”
NHTSA included that “during our overview of the data, Tesla offered confirmation that most devices will inevitably fail provided the memory device’s finite storage space ability.”
NHTSA said other automakers have actually issued numerous recalls for similar safety issues, the agency told Tesla, including a listing that is detailed of callbacks.
The agency said problems that are touchscreen significant safety problems, such as the lack of rearview/backup camera pictures. It noted nine recalls which are prior other automakers for comparable issues.
The Tesla cars that lose touchscreen use could see driver assistance Autopilot system and turn functionality that is signal due to prospective loss of audible chimes, driver sensing, and alerts associated with these vehicle functions, NHTSA said. It added that lack of alerts tied to systems like Autopilot “increases the risk of a crash occurring because motorists can be unaware of system malfunctions.”
Touchscreen problems lead to drivers being unable to utilize windshield defogging and systems which can be defrosting “may decrease the driver’s visibility in inclement weather, increasing the possibility of crash.”
NHTSA noted that “Tesla has implemented a few updates which can be over-the-air an effort to mitigate a few of the issues … but tentatively thinks these updates are procedurally and substantively inadequate.” It noted that under law “vehicle manufacturers are required to conduct recalls to remedy safety-related defects.”
NHTSA stated in it reviewed 12,523 claims and complaints about the problem, which would influence approximately 8% of this automobiles under investigation. The National Highway Traffic protection management asked Tesla to recall vehicles today.