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

Bruce: Ref got it wrong

first_img Press Association “I think we have a blatant call for two penalties, for me the referee has got them wrong,” he said. “I can’t say too much as I had a 10 grand fine six weeks ago, but the one where their full-back clatters Nikica Jelavic was bad ebough. Then the one on Shane Long by Danny Gabbidon – it’s beyond me that the ref doesn’t give it.” Bruce certainly had a point about the second penalty shout after Long, making his Hull debut, was sent sprawling by Gabbidon’s clumsy challenge. But referee East saw nothing untoward and Bruce’s mood worsened moments later when Puncheon, whose goal last weekend sank Stoke, struck what proved to be the winner. There was more than an element of fortune about the goal as well. Yannick Bolasie reached the byline and his cross – at the second attempt – reached Puncheon, whose initial header was flying well wide. However, it hit the back of team-mate Marouane Chamakh and fell perfectly for Puncheon to crash high into the net. Hull attempted to hit back after the break but Jake Livermore blazed a good chance over and Liam Rosenior prodded wide from all of two yards. Jason Puncheon’s 16th-minute strike secured back-to-back wins for Palace and moved them level on points with the Tigers, who have now lost four on the trot. But Bruce felt his side were denied two clear penalties by referee Roger East, who then infuriated the City boss further by sending off his goalkeeper Allan McGregor in stoppage time. Steve Bruce was left fuming over three refereeing decisions after the 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace sucked Hull back into the relegation battle. And Bruce’s misery was compounded when McGregor reacted angrily to a late challenge from Stuart O’Keefe and was shown a red card. “(The ref) told me he’s kicked him, but the challenge on him is horrific,” said Bruce. “McGregor tried to restrain himself – he’s thought abut kicking him and had every right to do so – but then restrained himself to make it innocuous.” Eagles boss Tony Pulis will now spend the rest of the week trying to add to his squad, although his current players are doing their best to prove he need not bother. While Hull paraded a new £14million strikeforce in Long and Jelavic, Pulis has yet to bring in anyone so far this month. “We are hoping and praying the next couple of days will see us bring a few in,” he said. “We need to. Everyone is working hard behind the scenes. But you can’t criticise what players have done, they’ve been wonderful. “We need another 17 points. There’s 15 games to go and we still need more than a point a game, and in the Premier League that’s tough. “Its a massive ask, so we wont get carried away – we can’t afford too. We are pleased with the points we have so far but we can’t take our foot off the pedal.” last_img read more