Tesla recalls 130,000 vehicles due to infotainment system overheating
Tesla issued seven recalls this year for the 2022 Model 3 and six for the 2022 Model Y, all of which were addressed with over-the-air software updates. Cars, especially electric vehicles, are increasingly dependent on computers to run, so software fixes are likely to become more common. Fixes can also be much less expensive to perform than buying and installing physical parts such as new airbags or engine components.
The recall issued this month affects the 2022 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y as well as the 2021 and 2022 Model S and Model X that run certain versions of Tesla’s operating system. A computer chip in the infotainment system of these Teslas may not cool enough, causing slow processing or slow restarts. The infotainment system may slow down or seem blank. Tesla owners rely on the infotainment system for many features, including navigation, music, heating and air conditioning, windshield wiper speed adjustment and rear view camera viewing.
Tesla said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or deaths related to this condition.
A single traditional recall, in which affected owners must bring the vehicle in for service, could financially cripple an automaker, which must pay for labor and parts to complete the repairs. General Motors spent $4.1 billion on recalls in 2015 for issues like faulty ignition switches.
Reminder completion rates are much higher for software updates than for traditional reminders, which is a security advantage. Experts say a downside of over-the-air updates is that they can encourage automakers to release features that haven’t been tested enough and can be rough.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.