This month, Tesla issued a recall for 129,960 vehicles to fix infotainment systems that could overheat before and during rapid charging.
Tesla is calling 130,000 cars due to overheating CPU
This year, Tesla has issued seven Model 3 recalls and six Model Y recalls, all of which have been resolved with over-the-air software updates. Because cars, particularly electric ones, are becoming increasingly computer-dependent, software fixes are anticipated to become more prevalent. The fixes may also be much less expensive to make compared to procuring and installing physical parts like new airbags or engine components.
Tesla claims that the flaw will be fixed with an over-the-air software update, which updates software wirelessly like a smartphone app update, making the recall easier for Tesla and impacted owners. Tesla owners will not be required to visit a service station.
The recall issued this month includes Tesla Model 3s and Model Ys from 2022 as well as Model Ss and Model Xs from 2021 and 2022 that are running certain versions of Tesla’s operating system. A computer chip in the infotainment system in these Teslas may not cool sufficiently, leading to slow processing or a restart. The infotainment system may lag or appear blank. Tesla owners rely on the infotainment system for many features, including navigation, music, heat and air conditioning, adjusting windshield wiper speed and viewing the back-up camera.
A single traditional recall, in which impacted owners must bring the vehicle in for service, could financially cripple an automaker, which has to pay for the labor and parts to complete fixes. General Motors spent $4.1 billion on recalls in 2015 for problems like faulty ignition switches.
Tesla said in a public filing to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it had identified 59 warranty claims and reports of the issue. It initially fixed the issue in some vehicles this January by replacing the computer chip in affected infotainment systems. By April it had developed a software update to address the issue.
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