Tesla has announced a recall of 130,000 vehicles due to an issue with the EV infotainment processor. During fast charging of electric vehicles, the processors can overheat, which leads to malfunctions or the car’s touch displays switch off completely.
At the same time, car owners do not have to hand them over to dealers or Tesla themselves. Beginning May 3, the manufacturer began distributing over-the-air firmware updates for EVs affected by the defect — which include the 2022 Model 3 and Model Y, and the Model X and Model S from 2021 and 2022.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during fast charging or in preparation for a fast charging, the infotainment system CPU “May not be cool enough to prevent warmer than expected temperatures, which could cause the processor to slow down or restart.” As a result, the center indicator may lag or disappear altogether. The manufacturer has not yet explained what exactly caused the problem or how a software update should solve it. According to some reports, the issue is somehow related to the preparation of batteries for using Supercharger charging stations.
According to NHTSA, the issue could prevent owners from using rear-view cameras, using the touchscreen, and even preventing wipers from being tweaked due to the inability to use the touchscreen settings. While it’s not yet known how widespread the issue is, Tesla has already recorded 59 such cases, as well as reports of real incidents that may be related to this issue, according to NHTSA. Information on injuries and deaths related to this outage is not yet available.
Tesla started last year to ship EVs with AMD Ryzen infotainment chips, but it’s not yet known if the new processor is causing the problem in the first place. Earlier this year, some drivers noticed a slight reduction in the range of Ryzen-equipped EVs compared to older Teslas with Intel Atom chips.
Tesla has repeatedly announced EV recalls in the past, including in cases where they couldn’t be brought back to normal with an over-the-air software update.