The US Road Safety Agency (NHTSA) has asked automaker Tesla to recall 158,000 cars in the US over a safety issue related to limited memory on the on-board computer and entertainment system. These are Model S vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2018 and Model X vehicles manufactured between 2016 and 2018. This emerges from a letter addressed to the manufacturer and published on Wednesday.
The demand from the NHTSA is unusual and also a difficult business for Tesla: 158,000 vehicles make up 32 percent of the cars that the manufacturer delivered in 2020.
The owners of the models had complained about problems with the touchscreen that resulted in the failure of several functions related to the safety of the vehicle. According to US media, Tesla can refuse the recall, but the company must provide the agency with a full justification.
The request for a recall also comes at a time when the manufacturer of electric vehicles is on the rise at the fair. The financial markets assume that technology is the medium-term future of the automotive industry.