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The United States asks Tesla to recall 158,000 cars due to security flaws

WASHINGTON: US regulators asked Tesla on Wednesday to recall 158,000 cars in the United States due to a safety defect.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter to Tesla that an issue with the automobile display screen and related failures results in the loss of the rearview camera and other vehicle safety-related functions.

The agency said the defect was found in certain cars from 2012 to 2018 Tesla Model S and from 2016 to 2018 Model Xs.

The letter states that safety investigators “have tentatively concluded that the failure of the media control unit (MCU) constitutes a vehicle safety malfunction.”

In vehicles, failed media controllers can cause the vehicle touch screen to appear blank, at which point “the rear / backup camera image is no longer available to the driver. If this image is not available, the risk of collision that is likely to cause injury or death increases. “.

A malfunction of the MCU could also prevent the use of the vehicle’s windshield defogging and defrosting system, affect the autopilot system and affect the turn signal function “due to the potential loss of acoustic chimes, driver sensing and alerts associated with these vehicle functions”.

“The failure rate in this investigation is much higher than the failure rate for vehicles participating in previous recall operations involving similar behavior,” the statement said.

In the letter, the organizers asked Tesla to “initiate a subpoena to notify all owners, buyers and dealers” of the safety defect “and to provide remedies.”

Tesla, led by founder and CEO Elon Musk The richest person in the world It is not obligated to comply with the federal agency’s request, but has until January 27 to provide an explanation.

Demand is a big problem for the company, with 158,000 cars accounting for nearly a third of all cars delivered by the manufacturer in 2020.

It also comes with higher stock prices in the California-based company, driven by an assumption that electric technology is the medium-term future for cars.

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