This recall affects the 2022 Model 3 and Y as well as the 2021 and 2022 Model S and X
The screen’s CPU can overheat during or prior to a supercharging session
The problem will be rectified in an over-the-air update
Tesla is launching a new recall that affects close to 130,000 vehicles due to a center screen that can overheat in certain conditions.
According to the NHTSA, the US government agency that oversees automotive recalls, the problem is that the CPU for the center screen can overheat either while the vehicle is supercharging or while it is preparing for a supercharging session.
This can make the screen lag or become blank and inoperable for a period of time. This is a problem in any vehicle since the reverse camera is not displayed in this situation, but it is even worse for Tesla vehicles.
Indeed, Tesla is known to integrate as many vehicle controls as possible to its center screen, including crucial ones like the transmission selector, the headlamp controls, the speedometer and the windshield wiper controls.
If the screen overheats and shuts down while driving, the lights and the wipers could refuse to work and the vehicle could be stuck in gear. If the problem occurs while stopped, the vehicle would be immobilised until the screen resets itself.
This could obviously lead to accidents or injuries, but the number of vehicles in which the defect is suspected to exist is very small.
Indeed, despite recalling 129,960 vehicles, the automaker and the NHTSA estimate that only about 1% of them actually present the defect.
Like in most other Tesla recalls, the owners of the affected 2021 and 2022 Model S and Model X or 2022 Model 3 and Model Y will not have to take any action since the problem will be solved by an over-the-air update that will be sent to their vehicle shortly.