The Model S' large touchscreen is the subject of this problem.
Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration late last year, Tesla is being asked to recall approximately 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles due to touchscreen failures. Tesla Model S sedans from the 2012 to 2018 model years and Tesla Model X crossovers from 2016 to 2018 are affected by this recall, according to a NHTSA document published Wednesday (PDF).
In its detailed report, NHTSA explains an initial investigation was opened due to "concerning incidents of media control unit (MCU) failures resulting in loss of rearview camera and other safety-related vehicle functions" in these electric vehicles. In addition to the rearview camera, the outage can affect things like the windshield defogger, turn signal chimes and the Autopilot driver-assistance system.
NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation notes that the touchscreens in these Tesla ...
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