Tesla will refund owners who paid to fix main computers out of pocket

first_img– Advertisement – Tesla on Monday notified owners of older Model S and Model X electric vehicles that the company will refund them for repairs if they previously had to pay out-of-pocket to fix a problem in their main computers.The problem manifested as a blank touchscreen or other glitches in the system and was related to memory device failures in the computer that stores data from the vehicle.In customer emails obtained by CNBC, Tesla said it will repair the Model S and Model X cars for owners who are currently experiencing those issues, under an expanded warranty with some conditions.- Advertisement – The warranty expansion and offer to refund some owners may help Tesla avoid a mandatory recall, and a settlement or drawn out court battles.Tesla did not reply to a request for more information.How a Tesla ‘MCU’ worksIn a Tesla electric car, the main computer, also known as an “MCU,” powers the touchscreen where drivers can view and control their entertainment, navigation, air conditioning and other vehicle features. The main computer contains a number of processors, memory devices, GPS and other technical components.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img A view of the dashboard in a Tesla Model S car.Getty Images The memory devices in some Tesla MCUs have a limited “write cycle,” which means they won’t work well, or at all, after they hit a certain number of program or erase cycles.For years, Tesla owners occasionally complained in online forums of blackouts befalling their main computers, sometimes in the midst of a drive, which rendered their cars basically useless. It is not safe, for example, to operate a Tesla if the driver is unable to defrost and run the heat in icy weather. Spontaneous main computer failures could also disable safety features like the backup cam, which is meant to help drivers spot pedestrians or obstacles before backing out of a spot.Tesla will perform the repair on affected cars’ computers under the expanded warranty only if the owner has not yet exceeded 100,000 miles or 8 years of ownership. Tesla will not replace the computer’s memory device for owners who are approaching the end of a warranty period and who want to make a fix proactively.Proposed class actionIn expanding its warranty and agreeing to refund some of the customers who paid for a new MCU or to repair their MCU’s memory device out of pocket, Tesla may prevent a proposed class action lawsuit from advancing. The complaint on behalf of Tesla customers was filed on May 13, 2020 in California. It alleged that Tesla had violated state and federal laws concerning fair marketing and sales practices, consumer safety and vehicle warranties.In June this year, as Reuters previously reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe into problems with the MCU in some of Tesla’s older Model S and Model X vehicles. That probe covered vehicles made by Tesla from 2012 to 2015. The investigation was prompted by around a dozen consumer complaints submitted to the vehicle safety regulators.Tesla has reportedly used at least some of the same technical components in 159,000 vehicles including Model S sedans built from 2012 to 2018, and Model X SUV’s built from 2016 to March 2018.In 2018, Tesla shifted away from its MCU-1 system, which used Nvidia Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors with 4GB or 8GB eMMC NAND flash memory devices made by SK Hynix. This system is known to have memory device problems.It later began to install a newer MCU-2 system in Model S and Model X vehicles, which included an Intel Atom processor with Micron 64Gb storage chips.Tesla notified people who own or previously owned potentially effected vehicles by e-mail. Multiple customers shared the company’s communication with CNBC.Here’s what Tesla wrote:“Our records show that you own or previously owned a Tesla Model S/X that was built before March 2018. It may be eligible for Tesla’s Warranty Adjustment Program covering malfunction of a memory chip (embedded MultiMediaCard). This malfunction may result in a blank or intermittently blank touchscreen but will not impact the ability to drive your car.Tesla is providing eligible owners who experience a malfunction no-cost repairs to this part at any Tesla Service Center for 8 years/100k miles from initial delivery date. If you do not experience a malfunction, there’s no need to take action.If you have already paid for repairs that meet the conditions of the program, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Tesla will send reimbursement details and eligibility by February 2021.To learn more about the program and its terms and conditions, please click the link below.”last_img read more

Man Utd legend explains why he has ‘no doubt’ Odion Ighalo will be a success

first_img Ighalo scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for Watford during a three-year spell in the Championship and Premier League, and Cole believes that this experience will prove vital. “He’s got Premier League experience from his time at Watford, he did well there,” Cole said. “He made the move to China but he’s coming back to England and will give everything he’s got. “Being a Manchester United fan, he will want to prove that he’s good enough for the club.” Ighalo spearheading the attack in the number nine role could also help in the development of Martial, 24, and Rashford, 22, as he can offer advice to his younger team-mates. “I think more in Martial’s case, as he’s been more of a centre-forward,” Cole added. Read Also:How ex- Eagles coach, Fatai Amoo discovered Odion Ighalo “Marcus isn’t a natural centre-forward. You can learn off experienced players but not being that kind of natural centre-forward yourself, I think Marcus’ case is a little bit different.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The former Nigeria striker moved to Old Trafford on a six-month loan deal from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua to bolster the United forward line. Marcus Rashford – the Red Devils’ top-scorer this season with 19 goals – suffered a back injury in January that is expected to keep him out for two months, leaving Anthony Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood as United’s only fit strikers. As such, 30-year-old Ighalo was recruited on the January transfer window deadline day, having last played in the Premier League for Watford in 2017. And Cole, who scored 121 goals for United, believes that Ighalo will bring a new dimension to his former side’s attack. “That’s what we are hoping for”, Cole told Goal, “There are no doubts that he will do just that.” “He is a big supporter of the football club, he’s a fan. He wants to come here and do what he can for Manchester United, play to the best of his ability.” Former Manchester United forward Andy Cole believes January loan signing Odion Ighalo will be out to show that he is good enough to play for the club he grew up supporting. Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History10 Most Praised Historical MoviesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Largest Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Andreescu wins title as Serena Williams retires injured

first_imgSERENA Williams retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, handing the title to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.Williams, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms as 19-year-old Andreescu comforted her courtside.The American was a break down at 1-3 in the first set when she withdrew.“I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today, I tried,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “It’s been a tough year, but we’ll keep going.”Andreescu, who won her first WTA title at Indian Wells earlier this year, becomes the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women’s singles title since 1969.“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy,” she said.“This wasn’t the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I’ve watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.“I’m speechless right now. This has been a dream come true.”Williams’ only previous retirement in a singles final came at the Rogers Cup in 2000 – the year Andreescu was born.Williams was seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter.The US Open, where Williams will hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title, starts on 26 August.She reached the Wimbledon final last month – losing to Simona Halep – but struggled with a knee injury earlier in the year.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Volleyball: Badgers face pair of Big Ten underperformers

first_imgFollowing a week of uncertainty, the No. 4 Wisconsin volleyball team (14-4, 10-0 Big Ten) faces a generous stretch with four straight matches against unranked teams.The Badgers sit atop the Big Ten with Penn State and Minnesota close behind — only one game back.Volleyball: Badgers rebound from poor start, sit atop Big Ten standingsThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team (14-4, 10-0 Big Ten) closed their non-conference schedule with back-to-back losses against Pac-12 powerhouse Read…Wisconsin faces the Maryland Terrapins (12-10, 4-6) and the Indiana Hoosiers (12-10, 1-9) this week. The Badgers are a combined 17-4 against Maryland and Indiana over the last 10 years.UW comes off wins against Michigan State and Michigan. Two-time All-American Dana Rettke returned to action in the Michigan match and led the team in kills, blocks and aces.The Badgers’ continued success in the Big Ten vaulted them to No. 4 in the AVCA Coaches Poll ahead of Stanford and Nebraska, who both lost last week.The Maryland volleyball program is improving seemingly every year. Last year’s 9-11 finish in Big Ten play was their best conference record since joining the conference in 2014.Volleyball: Badgers continue reign atop Big Ten standings after pair of wins over Illinois, NorthwesternFor the first time in Head Coach Kelly Sheffield’s seven years at the University of Wisconsin, the No. 6 UW Read…The Terrapins are led by junior outside hitter Erika Pritchard. The 6-foot-3 native of Middletown, Maryland led the Big Ten in kills per set last season with 4.32 and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors.Pritchard, however, is prone to attacking errors. She has managed five or more errors in each of her last 10 matches. Don’t be surprised to see a Badger defense keying in on Pritchard as she averages more than eight attempts per set.Sunday, the Badgers will head to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers — a team with their lone Big Ten win coming against the winless Northwestern Wildcats. Wisconsin beat Indiana 3–1 early on in this blazing 10-game winning streak. The Hoosiers have stolen a few sets from some top teams this year and even took down No. 15 Kentucky in mid-September.Senior middle blocker Jacqui Armer is the only Hoosier hitting above .200, but she is only averaging 1.38 kills per set for the worst offense in the Big Ten.Volleyball: Badgers extend winning streak to six, sit alone atop Big TenFollowing back-to-back wins over top-five opponents, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (10-4, 6-0 Big Ten) could have taken their Read…Indiana ranks among the Big Ten’s worst in most statistical categories. In Wisconsin’s victory over the Hoosiers, the Badgers ripped off 11 aces, but only hit .213 in the contest — their lowest mark in conference play.Look for the Badgers to make up for their lowly attack in September against the Hoosiers. Their polished offensive attack is much more explosive and much more varied than it was when the Hoosiers came to Madison.last_img read more