Tesla recalls cars for overheating – screens, not battery packs.

Tesla is returning 2021-2022 Model S and Model X cars and 2022 Model 3 and Model Y cars, a charging issue that could overheat infotainment screens.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall report, the recall infotainment screen of 129,960 vehicles solves a problem with the Central Processing Unit (CPU), which may not cool down enough when charging fast.

This is kind of unusual, because the main concern for fast charging is usually the battery-pack temperature. But this time, it’s the screen that could potentially overheat.

2022 Tesla Model 3

2022 Tesla Model 3

Excessive heating may cause the screen to recede or restart. Since the rearview camera feed is displayed through the screen, this is considered a security-critical issue. According to NHTSA documents it has already been found in 59 warranty claims and field reports.

Tesla plans to at least fix this problem with an over-the-air (OTA) software update, as it often does. A firmware update to improve CPU temperature management is expected to be ready by May 4.

This is not the first Tesla screen problem. It took pressure from regulators before Tesla issued a recall of 135,000 Model X and Model S cars for the failed touchscreen.

2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

2022 Tesla Lineup (Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.)

Tesla has otherwise been able to handle a number of issues that require it to submit withdrawal documents, completely in the air and without going to any service center. But instead of correcting errors, there are some recent examples of vehicles programmed to roll through stop signs and a “boombox” feature that interferes with pedestrian warnings that were not in line with federal regulations.

And Tesla is not able to handle all withdrawals with OTA updates. Anything involving hardware still requires a personal inspection in some way.

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