However, the federal government, in the form of NHTSA, is not happy with this strategy and today sent a letter (PDF) to Tesla urging the company to institute a recall that would notify owners of 158,000 Model S vehicles and Model X built before March 2018. As the letter explains, losing access to the touchscreen means losing the backup camera and controls for things like defogging your windshield, which they believe could lead to accidents.
As TechCrunch points out, they also write that “Tesla has confirmed that all units will inevitably fail given the limited storage capacity of the memory device. Tesla has provided its own statistical model showing the number of expected weekly MCU repairs from 2020 to 2028, estimating that replacement rates for MCU failures will peak in early 2022 and gradually decline until the figure d. The (almost) complete parts business will be completed in 2028.
The letter requests a request from Tesla by January 27. Earlier today, Tesla openly promoted NHTSA’s five-star safety rating for the Model Y, but did not publicly comment on the recall request.