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02 Feb 2021 | 16:32

Tesla recalls 135,000 vehicles over software failures

(Sharecast News) - Tesla has had to recall 135,000 Model S and Model X over failures regarding its touchscreens. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the touchscreen in these vehicles can fail when a memory chip runs out of storage capacity, which can cause a host of failures including an error in the self-pilot Autopilot functionality.

The NHTSA explained the department's findings to Tesla in a mid-January letter and said that the chips are to blame and need to be replaced.

According to the WSJ, Tesla disagrees that the issue is a failure, though the automaker is recalling a select amount of vehicles to investigate the issue.

"It is economically, if not technologically, infeasible to expect that such components can or should be designed to last the vehicle's entire useful life," Tesla said in the letter.

The vehicles affected are the Model S sedans built between 2012 and 2018 and Model X vehicles made between 2016 and 2018.
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