Regulators are driving home the notion that distractions behind the wheel can be dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Wednesday it will investigate suggestions that Tesla's digital interface can be used to play video games while the car is in motion.
This function, referred to as "Passenger Play," could "distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash," the NHTSA said in its initial filing.
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Officials will investigate more than 580,000 Tesla vehicles, focusing on its 2017-2022 S, X, Y, and 3 models.
The ability to play games on the Tesla interface while the vehicle is moving has existed since 2020, the agency said. Before that date, users could use the interface for gaming, but only when the car was parked.
No crashes or injuries have been attributed to this software capability.
The Governors Highway Safety Association said on Wednesday it was pleased with the investigation and "want[s] to remind all drivers to be alert and focused on the road when you're behind the wheel."
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The regulatory agency could require Tesla to enact a product recall if a risk is confirmed.
Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, have not commented on the investigation as of Wednesday.