However, the feds, in the form of NHTSA, aren’t satisfied by that strategy and sent a letter (PDF) to Tesla today urging the company to institute a recall that would notify owners158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles built prior to March 2018. As the letter explains, losing touchscreen access means losing the backup camera and controls for things like defogging your windshield, which they argue could lead to accidents.
As TechCrunch points out, they also write that “Tesla provided confirmation that all units will inevitably fail given the memory device’s finite storage capacity. Tesla provided its own statistical model showing the number of projected weekly MCU repairs from 2020 to 2028, estimating that replacement rates for MCU failures will peak in early 2022 and gradually decline until (near) full part turnover has been accomplished in 2028.”
The letter seeks a request from Tesla by January 27th. Earlier today Tesla openly promoted NHTSA’s five star safety rating for the Model Y, but has not publicly commented on the recall request.