Tesla is Recalling Over 321,000 Cars Due to a Software Problem with the Taillights

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Over 321,000 Tesla vehicles are being recalled due to a software bug that caused the taillights on some vehicles to illuminate incorrectly. A filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the recall pertains to specific Model 3 vehicles manufactured in 2023 as well as Model Y vehicles manufactured between the years 2020 and 2023.

Due to an issue “that may cause false fault detections during the vehicle wake up process,” Tesla reports that the tail lights on one or both sides of the vehicle may “intermittently illuminate.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that this could “increase the risk of a collision” in dark conditions; however, Tesla has not received any reports of injuries or accidents that are related to this problem. The problem is being fixed by the company through an over-the-air (OTA) software update, as is the case with the majority of Tesla recalls (with the exception of the one affecting the Model 3’s seat belt buckles).

This is the 19th recall issued by the manufacturer of electric vehicles in 2018. This past week, Tesla recalled almost 30,000 Model X automobiles due to a problem that could cause the front passenger airbag to improperly deploy in “low-speed” collisions. This could potentially result in injury if a young child is sitting in the front seat of the vehicle at the time of the collision. A problem that could cause the loss of power steering while driving over bumpy roads or after hitting a pothole led to the recall of more than 40,000 Model X and S automobiles. This problem was the reason for the recall.

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