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The NHTSA has issued a notice to Tesla to voluntarily recall 158,000 Model S and Model X to replace the MCU for a design deficiency. This premature failure results in the center touchscreen becoming inoperable, thereby causing a failure in multiple critical safety systems.

If Tesla doesn’t recall voluntarily, or supply any evidence to the contrary, NHTSA will issue a mandatory recall.

 

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The NHTSA has issued a notice to Tesla to voluntarily recall 158,000 Model S and Model X to replace the MCU for a design deficiency. This premature failure results in the center touchscreen becoming inoperable, thereby causing a failure in multiple critical safety systems.

If Tesla doesn’t recall voluntarily, or supply any evidence to the contrary, NHTSA will issue a mandatory recall.

Outside warranty, Tesla had been charging $1,800 + labor + tax for replacements. Not sure what it would cost Tesla to replace.

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  1. What Model S/X features/functions are on the touchscreen that NHTSA would determine it a safety issue when the touchscreen fails? Is it just the items mentioned in the article?
  2. Does the MME have any such features/functions in the touchscreen?
 

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Tesla will have to reimburse any owner who paid for this repair.

For question 1-
Tesla safety features listed as affected by the recall:

A. Backup Camera System.
B. Window Defogger functions.
C. Autopilot ADAS and turn signals, loss of audible and visual alerts from those systems.

Ford question 2-
With the MMe, A and B are accessed through the center screen. Note: some 2020 Ford models had defective rear cameras that had to be replaced, not computer related.

With C, turn signals are a separate system.

As for ADAS alerts, the alerts appear on both screens in the MMe, but I assume they are controlled by a central unit. I dont know how the Ford systems work in comparison, and if they have the same type of memory modules, or if the system is redundant. That doesn’t mean there will be a problem with the Ford system, though. I couldn’t find a similar computer related recall for Ford in the past decade.

The Model 3/Y have even more functions integrated into the central screen compared to the Model S/X. There is a reason the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” exists.
 
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