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

PREMIUMJakarta’s ban on plastic bags still has holes

first_imgTwo months into Jakarta’s plastic bag ban, the policy has yet to yield optimal results, environmentalists have said, urging the administration to step up monitoring of its implementation.Regi Risman, 28, hesitantly accepted a plastic bag from a fruit seller at the Mencos traditional market in South Jakarta this month.“I asked the seller why she was still using single-use plastic bags. She simply said it was okay to use them,” Regi told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “She probably didn’t know about the ban, or no one has warned her to comply with the new policy.”During his visit to the market, two other vendors selling warm food and household appliances also offered Regi plastic bags, but he declined.As someone who has been aware of the ban for the past two months and almost always carries his own reusable shopping bags, Regi said authoriti… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin Google Topics : #plastic-bag plastic-bag plastic-waste #plastic-waste #Jakarta plastic-ban Log in with your social account Forgot Password ?last_img read more

MOL, Partners Get AIP for LNG-Powered Coal Carrier

first_imgJapan-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its partners, Tohoku Electric Power and Namura Shipbuilding, have received an Approval in Principle (AIP) from Lloyd’s Register for the design of an LNG-powered coal carrier.The vessel design ensures sufficient cargo capacity without making the hull larger by installing the LNG fuel tank at the stern. In addition, the study is pursued based on installation of the tank cover with an eye toward preventing an onboard fire from spreading to the LNG fuel tank while streamlining inspection work.The three companies have moved ahead with this project and recently conducted a Hazard Identification Study (HAZID) and finished the basic design.MOL informed that this is Japan’s first joint acquisition by three companies – a shipping company, cargo owner, and shipbuilder – of an AIP for a vessel powered by LNG.“As stricter standards on exhaust emissions from merchant vessels have taken effect around the world, LNG is expected to see wider use as vessel fuel,” Japan’s carrier said.In addition to researching the feasibility of using LNG as fuel, MOL added that it strives to reduce its environmental impact, while providing safe, reliable transport services.The company will forge ahead with the coal carrier, which adopts expertise and technology gained through promotion of the R&D project ISHIN NEXT – MOL Smart Ship Project.Under the concept, MOL will adopt advanced support technologies for safer vessel operation and technologies for reducing environmental impact to newbuilding vessels.last_img read more

DPP orders arrest of Obado, his children over graft

first_imgAn audit trail of the money led to persons closely related to Zachary Okoth Obado who were his proxies.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The statement further stated that Obado indirectly and in conflict of interest, received a benefit totalling to Ksh 73, 474, 376.90 from companies and businesses that traded with Migori County Government.Investigations revealed that the directors of the companies were proxies of Obado including three of his brothers namely; Jared Peter Kwaga, Patroba Ochanda and Joram Opala; and  their mother too Penina Auma Otago, Christine Akinyi spouse to Jared Peter Kwaga and his sister-in-law Carolyne Onyango.Also Read  Governor Obado’s pre-trial case pushed to OctoberThe companies were Misoft Ltd, Tarchdog Printers, Deltrack ICT Services, Seletrack Consultants, Mactebac Contractors, Joyush Business, Swyfcon Engineering, Atinus Services, Kajulu Business, Victorious Investments, Dolphus Softwares, Dankey Press and Pesulus Services.The audit trail of the money revealed that the companies wired Ksh 38,949,376.90 to accounts of governor Obado´s children namely; Achola Dan Okoth, Susan Scarlet Okoth and Jerry Zachary Okoth.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThe money was used to pay school fees, upkeep, maintenance and medical bills in Australia, Scotland and United Kingdom some monies were also traced to have bought two Land Cruisers V8.Ksh 34,525,000 was used to purchase a house in Loresho Ridge whose beneficial owner is Obado´s daughterEverlyne Adhiambo Zachary. Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Migori Governor Okoth Obado over alleged embezzlement of Ksh 73.4M county funds.According to the DPP, the governor indirectly received Ksh 73.4 million from companies that traded with Migori County Government during his first term in office.In a statement, DPP noted that:  “Public monies were lost through the connivance of the governor and business entities through payments allegedly made for performance of contracts.”Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitieslast_img read more

Virat Kohli reminisces his early career as DDCA unveils a stand in his name

first_imgAdvertisement sojNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscnfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec4guwr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5zWould you ever consider trying this?😱vh6a6Can your students do this? 🌚bgwdkRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) unveiled the Virat Kohli pavilion in their annual awards function and the Indian skipper couldn’t help but reminisce about his early days at the stadium. The DDCA also renamed the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla as Arun Jaitley Stadium in a homage towards the late politician and sports-administrator at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.Advertisement “Never thought I would be honoured at such a grand scale. Don’t know how to address this as my family, wife, brother, sister-in-law are here,” said a nostalgic Virat Kohli.Advertisement “It was in 2001 (2000) during a match against Zimbabwe, my childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma gave me two tickets. I remember clinging to the gallery grill asking for Javagal Srinath’s autograph. I was telling my brother how far we have come. So today to have a pavilion in my name at the same stadium is surreal and a great honour,” he added.A short video on Kohli’s journey from his U-19 days to being the Indian captain was shown in the ceremony, in the presence of the entire Indian cricket team along with the support staffs.Advertisement On his relation with the late Arun Jaitley, Kohli said, “I told Arun Jaitley ji’s family that the world knew him differently but I have known him just as a human being.”“He came to my residence after my father’s death and gave me courage and strength. It’s a momentous occasion today” he added.The Indian team along with their skipper was felicitated by Sports minister Kiren Rijiju while former sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and India legend Kapil Dev, were also present. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly and team ready to take charge of Indian cricket!

first_imgAdvertisement 986gNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsayvgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E10( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1pvWould you ever consider trying this?😱8gwiCan your students do this? 🌚udzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sourav Ganguly is finally set to take over as the new BCCI president after three years of Committee of Administrators (CoA) rule. Last week, Ganguly was unanimously elected for the post along with Jay Shah as the secretary. Meanwhile, Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand has been selected as the new vice-president and Kerala’s Jayesh George, the new joint secretary.Advertisement Advertisement After much turmoil in the Indian cricket scene, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) stepped in to clean house following the rumours about corruption within the board. Ganguly himself admitted that the last three years have been more like an ‘emergency situation’, where the cricketers and the state associations had very little role to play. The 47-year-old had previously served as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, and his primary objective will be to put the first-class cricketing structure in place and ensuring that India regains its dominating stature in the corridors of International Cricket Council (ICC).But ‘Dada’ will face a huge challenge in picking a new selection committee along with the Cricket Advisory Committee.“Conflict is an issue whether you will actually get the best cricketers in the system. You are not too sure as they will have other options and if they come into this system and not get to do something which is their livelihood, then it gets difficult to be part of the system. It needs to be looked into,” Ganguly said.The 39th president of the BCCI will also have to deal with another crucial issue, MS Dhoni! The veteran keeper is on a sabbatical since the world cup and with no clarity on his future, Ganguly is likely to meet the outgoing national selection panel on Thursday to discuss his future.The ‘Prince of Calcutta’ has just 10 months in hand, before he goes into the mandatory cooling off period. Therefore, Ganguly has a lot to prove which is no less challenging than scoring a ton at Lord’s.Good luck, Dada! Advertisementlast_img read more