WASHINGTON: US regulators requested Tesla Wednesday to recall 158,000 cars within the United States as a result of of a safety-related defect.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mentioned in a letter to Tesla that an issue with the cars’ show display and associated failures lead to loss of rearview digital camera and different safety-related car features.
The company mentioned the defect has been present in sure 2012 by 2018 Tesla Model S cars and 2016 by 2018 Model Xs.
Safety investigators have “tentatively concluded that the failure of the media control unit (MCU) constitutes a defect related to motor vehicle safety,” the letter mentioned.
In the automobiles, failed media management items may end up in a automotive’s touchscreen going clean, at which level “a rearview/backup camera image is no longer available to the driver. If this image is not available, the risk of crash increases potentially causing injury or death.”
The MCU failure also can stop use of the car’s windshield defogging and defrosting system, impression the autopilot system and have an effect on the flip-sign performance “due to the possible loss of audible chimes, driver sensing and alerts associated with these vehicle functions.”
The failure price “in this investigation is significantly greater than the failure rate for vehicles involved in prior recalls involving similar behavior,” the assertion learn.
In the letter regulators requested Tesla to “initiate a recall to notify all owners, purchasers and dealers” in regards to the security defect “and provide a remedy.”
Tesla, underneath the management of brash founder and CEO Elon Musk — the world’s wealthiest individual — is underneath no obligation to adjust to the federal company’s request, however has till January 27 to present a proof.
The request is a significant headache for the corporate, as 158,000 automobiles characterize almost one-third of all cars delivered by the producer in 2020.
It additionally comes at as the value of shares within the California-based firm are on the rise, fueled by the idea that electrical know-how is the medium-time period future of cars.