American automotive manufacturer Tesla has implemented yet another vehicle recall. The latest recall centers on the manufacturer’s touchscreen displays, which function as the gauge cluster in Tesla vehicles. An overheating issue in some Tesla models can result in the touchscreen becoming unresponsive to user inputs.
This unresponsive malfunction is dangerous for drivers, as the Tesla touchscreen is how users interact with functions including windshield wipers and the rearview camera. The expensive, luxury-marketed electric cars have been subjected to numerous recalls for various hardware and software failures, frustrating some owners.
Read on for more information regarding this recall, which vehicles are affected, and what owners should do if their Tesla is covered under the notice.
The recall impacts Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs produced between 2021 and 2022. It also affects some Model Y hatchbacks and Model 3 sedans from the 2022 model year. That’s most of the company’s range, meaning any owners of recent Tesla cars could be subject to this recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall Tuesday, noting that Tesla owners need to be cautious when driving in hot conditions. If their car’s CPU overheats, it could render the screen unresponsive and make it impossible to access features like the backup camera.
Tesla has announced it will remedy the issue by rolling out an over-air update for its vehicles’ operating systems. As such, owners won’t need to take any actions and will have the issue resolved without needing to bring their vehicles to any licensed service centers.
However, some owners might have other unresolved issues stemming from previous recalls. Tesla has issued 11 recalls in 2022 alone, making them the fourth-most recalled automotive brand this year.
In April, Tesla recalled 48,000 Model 3 Performance sedans for issues that could cause its screen to not properly display the speedometer. Another recall in December 2021 required nearly 360,000 owners to bring their Model 3 vehicles into service centers for repairs.
That December recall stemmed from an issue relating to the vehicle’s rearview cable harness. Opening and closing the trunk could result in damage to the cable harness, severing the cable and rendering the backup camera inoperable. Given that these vehicles start at nearly $47,000 for an entry-level model, these numerous recalls have proven frustrating for owners.