Tesla Australia previously claimed the fault – which has seen hundreds of thousands of cars recalled overseas – had 'no impact on basic vehicle driving functionality'.
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Tesla has recalled 2508 examples of its Model S sedan and Model X SUV sold in Australia between 2014 and 2018, citing a fault with onboard computer systems that could “increase the risk of an accident”.

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The electronic multi media card may malfunction over time.

"If a malfunction occurs: 1) The central display may black out and not recover after restarting the touchscreen, 2) there may be loss of certain functionalities, including rear-view backup camera, exterior turn signal lighting, and windshield defogging and defrosting controls, and 3) a vehicle alert to contact service may appear.

“The loss of these functions may increase the risk of an accident resulting in injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users.”

All affected Model S vehicles were sold between 1 May 2014 and 30 June 2018, while all affected Model X examples were sold between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2018 – with all vehicles stamped Model Years 2014-2018.

CarAdvice has contacted Tesla representatives in Australia for comment.

Tesla previously recalled 158,000 cars in the US – and many more in China and Europe – citing safety concerns over the same fault.

However, at the time its Australian branch assured local owners and media the problem had "no impact on basic vehicle driving functionality and controllability."

A full list of vehicle identification numbers for the 2508 cars involved in the recall can be found here.

To have your vehicle checked, find your closest Tesla service centre by clicking here.