Tesla's Infotainment Upgrade Offer Is Very Suspicious

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The timing is no coincidence.

Tesla has been known for offering some amazing deals at specific times for certain reasons, such as three months of free Full Self-Driving used to entice customers to place an order last month before the clock struck 2021. And now it has slashed the price of something else many customers will find very tempting. However, some remain skeptical as to why.

Tesla has just announced it's reducing the price of the Model S and Model X infotainment upgrade (MCU1 to MCU2) by 40 percent, or $1,000. The price is now $1,500. Owners who opt for the deal will receive a newer and more advanced Media Control Unit that Tesla initially offered as a retrofit a couple of years ago. The newer system arrived back in 2018 and vehicles built since that time are equipped with them.

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One of the key reasons to get to the newer system is because several major software upgrades have been introduced that require additional computing power the original MCU lacks. Some of these features include Tesla Theater, Dash Cam, and Sentry Mode. "Owners of compatible vehicles can schedule an appointment through the Tesla app for purchase and installation. This upgrade is available for $1,500 plus applicable tax, including installation," Tesla writes on its website. Still, the automaker hasn't given an explanation for the price cut.

Why are some looking at this with some suspicion? Because of a potential recall over failing touchscreens the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is demanding Tesla to initiate.

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So far, the company has refused. If you recall, there have been numerous reports of older MCUs failing, thus rendering them useless as drivers cannot control a variety of basic functions. Adding to affected owners' anger is that Tesla claimed touchscreen failures are not covered under warranty. However, Tesla later responded by extending warranties for older MCUs but still refused to issue a recall. Getting affected owners to upgrade from MCU1 to MCU2 would likely solve things, only Tesla doesn't want to fix this problem for free.

In other words, Tesla seems to be trying to have affected owners to pay for a recall. Chances are this ordeal is far from over.

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