Tesla recalls nearly 130,000 vehicles over infotainment system overheating – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) — Tesla has recalled 129,960 vehicles this month to repair infotainment systems that can overheat before and during fast charging.

Tesla says it is fixing the flaw with an over-the-air software update, which refreshes software wirelessly like a smartphone app update, making the recall less of a burden on Tesla and affected owners. Tesla owners do not have to take their vehicles to a gas station.

Tesla has issued seven recalls this year for the 2022 Model 3 and six for the 2022 Model Y, all of which have been resolved with over-the-air software updates. Cars, especially electric vehicles, are increasingly dependent on computers to function, so software solutions are likely to become more common. The repairs can also be much cheaper to make compared to purchasing and installing physical parts such as new airbags or engine components.

The recall issued this month includes Tesla Model 3s and Model Ys from 2022, as well as Model Ss and Model Xs from 2021 and 2022 that use certain versions of Tesla’s operating system. A computer chip in the infotainment system in these Teslas may not cool enough, leading to slow processing or a reboot. The infotainment system may lag or appear blank. Tesla owners rely on the infotainment system for many functions, including navigation, music, heating and air conditioning, adjusting the wiper speed and viewing the rear view camera.

Tesla said in a public filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it had identified 59 warranty claims and reports about the issue. The problem was initially solved in some vehicles in January by replacing the computer chip in the affected infotainment systems. By April, it had developed a software update to address the issue.

Tesla said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths associated with this condition.

A single traditional recall, requiring affected owners to bring the vehicle in for service, can financially cripple an automaker, who has to pay for the labor and parts to make repairs. General Motors spent $4.1 billion in 2015 on recalls for issues such as faulty ignition switches.

Recall completion rates are much higher for software updates than traditional recalls, which is a security benefit. Experts say one downside of wireless updates is that they can encourage automakers to release features that haven’t been tested enough and may be rough.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

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