The electric car maker has issued an American safety recall for a huge number of its vehicles after one part was found to always fail.
Tesla recalled the Model S and Model X in the United States.
The American electric car maker issued a voluntary recall for about 135,000 of its expensive cars and SUVs built between 2012 and 2018 for a defective touchscreen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the organization that handles recalls in the U.S., a flaw in the touchscreen can pose a significant safety risk.
Problems that may arise are the loss of the reverse camera, the external flasher light and the windshield defogging functions that can decrease the driver’s visibility in adverse weather conditions.
An NHTSA analysis said that Tesla confirmed that all touchscreen units will inevitably fail due to the finite storage capacity of the memory device.
According to Reuters, many owners were reported to have complained that Tesla required owners to pay and replace the unit once warranties had expired. Tesla said it will replace the defective part and refund customers who paid to replace the defective unit.
Tesla Australia has not issued a recall for local vehicles.
The company’s local arm does not report its sales figures, but it is understood that there are several thousand Models S and Xs on Australian roads that may have a similar problem.
Both models sold in Australia come from the same factory in the United States from the recall of the machines.
Tesla started selling the Model S around 2014 and the Model X followed a few years later.
The Model S is the flagship machine of the brand and has just been updated with a new Plaid + mode, which brings amazing performance.
The outputs are taken to extremes with 1100 horsepower, or 820 kW, of grunt produced from a combination of three electric motors.
That would make it Australia’s most powerful car, breaking Ferrari and Lamborghini machines.
Tesla says this will help push the electric sedan from 0-100km / h in less than 2.1 seconds.
The Tesla Model X will not have the Plaid + version, but will have to settle for the slightly slower Plaid mode, which has 760kW of grunt and a 2.1 second 0-100km / h sprint.