Why Tesla Needs To Recall Model S and Model X Over Touch Screens
Tesla Inc. or Tesla Motors, Inc., (which was their old name) is an electric vehicle and clean energy company headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Founded in July 2003 as Tesla Motors, it was named as such to pay homage to the inventor and electrical engineer, Nikola Tesla. Elon Musk is currently their CEO and fund contributor in the early days.
They have had lots of successes since 2003, but they have had their fair share of controversies, which included the problems they have had to face with the Model S and Model X.
Tesla Model S and Model X: What Are They?
Through the years that Tesla has been in the car manufacturing business, it has been considered an eccentric company, thanks to its lineup of electric vehicles.
Tesla is also extra for benefits that customers can get from their vehicles, which aptly describes the Model X SUV.
It is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV, and its production started in 2015 until the present. The Model X’s assembly line is at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, and it boasts conventional doors at the front and falcon-wing ones at its rear.
The Model S is a five-door liftback sedan, and it was introduced in July 2012. By October 2014, it boasted a feature known as the Autopilot, which is an advanced driver assistance system that allows the car to drive with no driver to even steer.
Although, whether an issue happens, the driver must supervise at all times and control the vehicle when the need arises.
There is also Autopilot 2.0 introduced to the public in October 2016, and with its Enhanced Summon option, it allows the vehicle to go through a parking lot to its owner even if there’s no one in the driver’s seat.
There have been several upgrades for both the Model S and Model X, and many loved the power and benefits they can get once they drive the cars.
But as a lot of successes have come their way, there have also been a few issues since their introduction to the public.
What the Tesla MCU Is, and the Problems It Poses To Consumers
So what is the Tesla MCU? The Media Control Unit is known as the main computer or what powers the touchscreens in the Model S or Model X.
It helps drivers to view and control the media, navigation, and other features that the car may have.
Between 2013 and 2017, the Model S and Model X and are among the vehicles that used the MCU0 and MCU1 with Nvidia Tegra-3 processor.
As years passed by, the old processor couldn’t keep up with higher requirements, making the MCUs look sluggish after each new update.
By the 3rd of March 2018, Model S and Model X began using MCU2 and a newer processor, the x86 64bit basis. Although it has been having problems in the past few years.
The memory devices in some MCUs have a minimal write cycle, which means it will become difficult to use it if it has gotten past the allowed number of program or erase cycles.
Several complaints flooded online platforms letting other people know of their experience.
It is not safe, regardless of the situation, as the MCU controls almost everything in the vehicle, imagine being stuck outside in winter and the screen falters and blackouts, not allowing you to turn on the heater.
The main computer might also disable other safety measures, for example, the backup cam, which is useful to spot obstacles or people when backing out of a parking area.
Tesla has tried its best to upgrade, but it still makes the MCU display a bit sluggish to the point of blacking out.
They have refunded to avoid the hassle of a lawsuit. Tesla will send applicable details to affected customers as soon as possible through email, informing them they may be eligible for reimbursement.
Editor’s note on Possible Tesla Recall:
This article is created to inform you about a possible Tesla recall. Given the situation, it might happen soon, as Tesla is a brand that really cares about its reputation.
If you have any questions or queries regarding this piece of news and its updates, please do send us a message by clicking the ‘Contact Us’ button below! We’d love to hear back from you.
Another recall you might be interested in: Land Rover announces Range Rover Recall.