NHTSA asks Tesla to recall and fix 158,000 cars

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The US Road Safety Service (NHTSA) asked Tesla to recall 158,000 cars of the S and X models on Wednesday. In the on-board computer, some of these models have malfunctions that can lead to unsafe situations if the touch screens don’t work.

The authority made the unusual call to Tesla after further investigation following previous complaints in November. It was then found that Models S (built between 2012 and 2018) and Models X (built between 2016 and 2018) “have a failure with regard to engine safety”.

Tesla has not yet replied to the letter from the NHTSA, but must respond by 27 January at the latest. If Tesla refuses to recall the electric cars, it must “give a full explanation of its decision”. It’s unusual for the NHTSA to ask for a recall. Manufacturers usually do that on their own.

Due to the defects, the reverse camera may not work and the Autopilot system and the direction indicator may not work as well. Systems to prevent windscreen fogging or freezing are also affected by the defect. This would have to do with the limited memory capacity of the onboard computers in Models S and X.

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