According to a report by news agency Reuters, NHTSA has informed that only this feature has been removed from Tesla electric cars, but the car’s ownership or sales will not be affected. As we mentioned, Tesla’s move comes after NHTSA announced on Wednesday that the regulator had launched a formal safety check on 580,000 Tesla electric vehicles sold since 2017.
The feature is called “Passanger Play”, and NHTSA says the feature can distract the driver and increase the risk of an accident.
A spokesperson for the regulator said in its statement that Tesla has notified NHTSA that a software update will lock the “Passenger Play” feature and turn off the ability to use it while the vehicle is in motion.
Security people have also raised concerns about Tesla’s Autopilot mode. They believe that drivers are more likely to lose focus on the road, especially when Tesla vehicles are running on semi-autonomous (autopile) mode.
According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board, in 2018 the crash of a Tesla car running on Autopilot mode in California was caused by a driver’s loss of focus (largely from the phone game application).