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Tesla recalls 15,000 cars over light fault

In the second recall in two weeks, all Tesla Model 3 and Model Y drivers in Australia have been warned about a risky light defect.

November 25, 2022
By Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
25 November 2022

More than 15,000 Tesla electric vehicles are being recalled in Australia over faulty rear lights that authorities warn “could increase the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death”.

The recall, issued late on Thursday, affects 15,914 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in Australia sold in 2022.

It is the second recall for the company in just a fortnight after more than 1000 Tesla Model S and Model X cars were recalled over a steering fault on November 16.

It also comes at a tricky time for the pioneering electric vehicle firm after its stocks plunged to a two-year low earlier this week.

The latest Tesla safety issue in Australia involves a software error affecting the vehicles’ tail lights, according to the Transport Department, including brake, reversing, and rear indicator lights.

“Due to a software error, the tail lamps on one or both sides may not illuminate as intended,” the department warned.

“If this occurs during dark conditions, the traffic behind will have reduced visibility and may not be able to identify the vehicle.”

The issue can be corrected with software and drivers have been urged to check if their vehicle requires a digital update.

The recall is the third for Tesla in Australia this month after a software issue affecting power steering in Model S and Model X vehicles was identified last week, and 326 Model 3 vehicles were recalled over a seatbelt issue on November 2.

In the US, Tesla has also been hit with a recall affecting almost 30,000 Model X vehicles over a fault with their front passenger airbag system. A similar recall has yet to be identified in Australia.

The company, headed by chief executive Elon Musk, has also suffered a financial dip, with its stock price falling to a two-year low earlier this week, down 52 per cent this year.

The fall followed Tesla’s tail-light recall in the US, as well as ongoing supply chain issues and the rising price of raw materials. 

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