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Tesla is recalling 135,000 cars

Problems with their touchscreen displays may cause malfunctions.

Tesla factory

Back to the drawing board.

Photo: David Butow/Corbis via Getty Images

In one of its largest-ever safety moves, Tesla is recalling nearly 135,000 Model S and Model X cars because problems with their touchscreen displays may cause malfunctions in the rear-view and backup cameras and windshield defogging systems.

The voluntary recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said last month that a chip storage capacity problem could cause the touch-screen issues and posed a safety risk. The recall effects certain 2012-2018 Tesla Model S and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles with a center display equipped with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, according to the NHTSA notice.

In a letter to federal regulators, Tesla said that it disagreed that a safety recall was necessary because components like the chip in question could not be expected to always last the useful lifetime of the car.

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