BERLIN -- Germany's KBA motor vehicle authority is looking into safety risks related to touchscreen displays in Tesla cars, a German newspaper reported.
The KBA has asked Tesla to provide information following a similar request by U.S. authorities, Bild am Sonntag newspaper said, citing a KBA spokesman.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday asked Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S and Model X vehicles over media control unit (MCU) failures that could pose safety risks by leading to touchscreen displays not working.
A KBA spokesman told Bild am Sonntag that German authorities were in contact with the NHTSA and that the KBA had launched its own investigation.
"The result of the review is still pending," the spokesman added.
The U.S. auto safety agency made the unusual request in a formal letter to Tesla after upgrading a safety probe in November, saying it had tentatively concluded the 2012-2018 Model S and 2016-2018 Model X vehicles contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety.
A Tesla spokeswoman and a KBA spokesman did not immediately respond to e-mailed requests to comment.