A man from Irvine, Calif., says his new Tesla’s on-board computer froze, causing the vehicle to be stuck on the freeway at 83 mph

RIVERSIDE COUNTY – The owner of a new Tesla Model 3 was left in shock after the car’s key features allegedly froze while cruising the freeway.

Irvine’s Javier Rodriguez spoke to our Los Angeles sister station KABC-TV on Tuesday and said it happened last Thursday as he was driving west through Cabazon on the 10 freeway.

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He said the car got stuck at 83mph and the main screen froze.

He said all the buttons and switches – including the turn signals and hazard lights – didn’t work.

“I noticed that the car was getting hot and there was a strange smell,” Rodriguez recalled. “I was nervous that if I braked really hard I wouldn’t be able to regain the speed to keep up with traffic and get around cars. I was nervous that someone would ram me.”

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Luckily, although the accelerator was unresponsive, Rodriguez said the brakes worked but said he wasn’t more comfortable trying to stop.

He was able to get off the road, and a few minutes later the car restarted. Everything seemed normal then.

A California Highway Patrol officer helped Rodriguez get off the freeway, where he ended up having the car towed.

He said Tesla later told him they had repaired the vehicle, but all they would say about what happened was what they wrote in the report.

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“Poor communication from the charge port door was diagnosed and identified, which resulted in the power conversion system shutting down to protect onboard components while driving,” Rodriguez recalled.

Now Rodriguez is concerned that some sort of safety feature on the car could cause the onboard computer to shut itself down without warning.

Eyewitness News has contacted Tesla for a response but has received no response.

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“I need more explanations,” Rodriguez said. “I’m on the freeway and it’s happening at 83 miles an hour. Everyone’s trying to say, ‘Well, we fixed it. We fixed it,’ but I need an explanation.”

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