Federal regulators want Tesla Inc. to tow about 158,000 vehicles due to safety concerns, which would be one of the biggest safety actions by the electric vehicle manufacturer.
The National Road Safety Administration asked Tesla in a letter on January 13 to recall some luxury Model S sedans and Model X NHTSA sports vehicles, requesting the seizure, as the car’s touch screens could fail after several years of use, affecting the functions for safety such as de-freezing and spare chambers.
Some car safety seizures collide with millions of vehicles. Although modest in historical figures, the action would be a relatively large seizure for Tesla, which has far fewer cars on the road than some competitors. Last year, the Silicon Valley automaker shipped nearly 500,000 vehicles worldwide, approximately 205,600 of them to the United States, according to research firm Motor Intelligence. Tesla does not distribute its sales by region.
Tesla should not call the vehicles, although NHTSA says in the letter that if the carmaker does not take action, it must provide an explanation for its decision. The agency can then escalate the issue to a public hearing and eventually try to force a withdrawal through the courts.
Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst at Guidehouse Insights, said the request for recall was significant and could cost between $ 300 million and $ 500 million to address.