US automotive safety regulators have opened an official safety investigation into 580,000 Tesla vehicles sold since 2017, following the automaker's decision to allow games to be played on the front center touchscreen.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said its preliminary assessment covered a variety of 2017-2022 model year Tesla Model 3, S, X and Y vehicles. Dubbed "Passenger Play," this functionality "can distract the driver and increase the risk of accidents," the agency said.
NHTSA stated that it "confirmed that this feature has been available on vehicles equipped with Tesla 'Passenger Play' since December 2020." Before then, the game feature was only activated when the vehicle was parked.