Tesla is recalling many vehicles due to an issue causing the infotainment system’s CPU to overheat. The problem can be solved with an over-the-air update.
CPUs overheating: Tesla is recalling 130,000 vehicles
Tesla is recalling about 130,000 of its vehicles over a CPU issue. As a result, the infotainment system can overheat during the quick charge process, as The Verge also reports.
No physical vehicle recall
The overheating of the CPU can cause the system’s touchscreen to stop working or even fail completely. However, there will be no physical recall for the time being. Tesla delivered an over-the-air update (OTA) from May 3, 2022 that should fix the problem in affected vehicles. Affected are Model 3 and Model Y from the year 2022 as well as Model X and S from the years 2021 and 2022.
“During fast charging or preparing for fast charging, the infotainment central processing unit (CPU) may not cool down sufficiently to prevent higher than expected temperatures, which may result in the CPU processing more slowly or restarting,”
according to the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“Slow processing or restarting processing may cause the middle screen to appear laggy or blank.”
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Problem can have several consequences
The recall doesn’t explain exactly what caused the problem or how the software update will fix it, but it appears to have something to do with how the vehicle prepares the battery for Supercharger use.
According to NHTSA, the issue could result in the driver being prevented from using the backup camera, using the touchscreen, or adjusting the speed of the wipers.
Tesla last year began shipping vehicles equipped with AMD Ryzen-based chipsets powering the infotainment system. But Tesla doesn’t say whether the new processor is part of the problem. Earlier this year, some drivers noticed a slight reduction in the range of vehicles with Ryzen CPUs compared to older Teslas with Intel Atom processors.
Previous recall: cars had to go to the workshop
Tesla has had a number of recalls over the years, including one that couldn’t be fixed with an OTA update. In December 2021, the company recalled nearly half a million Model 3 and Model S models because of a faulty trunk latch.