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Tesla to Recall 135,000 US Vehicles Under Pressure From Auto Safety Regulators

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Tesla to Recall 135,000 US Vehicles Under Pressure From Auto Safety Regulators

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WASHINGTON—Tesla Inc has agreed to recall 134,951 Model S and Model X vehicles with touchscreen displays that could fail and raise the risk of a crash after U.S. auto safety regulators sought the recall last month, according to a recall posted on a government website Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the unusual recall request in a formal Jan. 13 letter to Tesla, saying it had tentatively concluded the 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles pose a safety issue. Automakers usually agree to voluntary fixes before the auto safety agency formally seeks a recall. The agency said touchscreen failures posed significant safety issues, including the loss of rearview or backup camera images, exterior turn-signal lighting, and windshield defogging and defrosting systems that “may decrease the driver’s visibility in inclement weather.” NHTSA had required Tesla to respond to its recall demand by Jan. 27. Tesla agreed …

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