Tesla issues over-the-air recall to fix overheating infotainment display

Tesla has issued a new over-the-air (OTA) recall to prevent the infotainment display from overheating in some of its vehicles. We use the words OTA recall since the fix will be a free software update that has already started rolling out to the fleet.

According to documents posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the recall covers 129,960 Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y cars. Despite the high number, Tesla estimates that only 1% of the subject population suffers from the issue.

That issue has to do with the car’s main display overheating when connected to a Supercharger, or when the battery is pre-conditioning on the way to a Supercharger.

“During fast-charging or preparation for fast-charging, the infotainment central processing unit (“CPU”) may not cool sufficiently to prevent higher than expected temperatures, which may cause the CPU to slow processing or restart. Slower processing or restarted processing could cause the center screen display to lag or appear blank,” Tesla explains in the recall explains.

Tesla says the delay or lag in displaying the rearview camera or accessing some controls “may increase the risk of a collision.”

Even though the recall was only posted today, Tesla has already begun rolling out the fix starting on May 3 with software version 2022.12.3.3 which “improve[s] the management of the CPU temperature and associated communications with elevated temperature operation.”

You can read the full recall notice below.

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