Tesla has recalled 135,000 vehicles due to touch screen issues that could put drivers and passengers at risk. According to a government website, US safety regulators ordered a recall on January 13th.
According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wrote a letter to the company that Model X and Model S posed safety issues. Some of the touch screen malfunctions include the inability to see through the rear-view camera, turn-signal lights, and issues with the defrosting and defogging system that would make it difficult for drivers to see.
So what is the cause of this touch screen issue? Turns out that the vehicles’ 8GB memory chip running out of storage is the problem. According to The New York Times, the chip is inside of the center display. The letter stated that the way to fix this issue is to replace the chip. TechCrunch points out that the storage shortage can also affect the autopilot system.
The recall includes Model S vehicles made from 2012 to 2018 and Model X vehicles from 2016 to 2018. If your Model X or Model S was made during this time you can get it checked out.
On Teslas’ website, they share that vehicles bought have a 4-year warranty and that service will be free regardless of mileage or age. They provide a link for you to see if your car is affected by the recall.
The New York Times also states that Tesla will notify owners who have the vehicles in question. The recall will start at the end of March.