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Tesla removes 130,000 vehicles; touch screens may be blank

DETROIT (AP) – Tesla is withdrawing about 130,000 vehicles in its line of American models because its touch screens can heat up and go blank.

The withdrawals cover certain 2021 and 2022 SUVs and Model X SUVs, as well as Model 3 and Model Y SUVs from 2022.

Documents released on Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that during the fast-loading process, central processing computers may not cool down enough. This may cause the computer to slow down or restart, causing the center screen to run slowly or appear blank.

Without the center screen, cars may lose their rear view camera screens, the settings that control the windshield defrosters, and the indicators that indicate whether cars are running, neutral, and reversing. This can increase the risk of an accident.

Tesla is fixing the issue with online software updates that will improve computer temperature management. Updates began on May 3rd.

Tesla says it found the problem in routine endurance tests. The company has no reports of accidents or injuries, but has received 59 related warranty claims from January through early May.

Tesla has had a number of safety issues this year, including several investigations opened by the NHTSA, the country’s road safety watchdog. The withdrawal is the 11th for the electric vehicle company since Jan. 27. Most have been fixed with software updates.

In early 2021, the Austin, Texas-based company withdrew about 135,000 vehicles, also because touch screens could darken. Initially, the company refused to make a withdrawal. The agency said the processors of the on-screen computers have a finite number of program cycles and erased and did not last long enough. The company agreed to replace the computer processors.

Tesla removes 130,000 vehicles; touch screens may be blank

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