More than 15,000 Tesla electric vehicles are being recalled in Australia over defective taillights, which authorities warn could “increase the risk of an accident resulting in serious injury or death”.
The recall, published late Thursday, affects 15,914 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in Australia that were sold in 2022.
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It’s the second recall for the company in just two weeks after more than 1,000 Tesla Model S and Model X were recalled on November 16 due to a steering failure.
It also comes at a difficult time for the pioneering electric vehicle company after its shares fell to a two-year low earlier this week.
The latest Tesla safety issue in Australia, according to the Department for Transport, involves a software bug that affects the vehicles’ taillights, including brake, reverse and back-up lights.
“Due to a software bug, the taillights on one or both sides may not illuminate as intended,” the department warned.
“If this occurs in the dark, following traffic will have limited visibility and may not be able to identify the vehicle.”
The problem can be fixed with software, and drivers have been urged to check if their vehicle needs a digital update.
The recall is Tesla’s third in Australia this month, after a power steering software issue was identified in Model S and Model X vehicles last week and 326 Model 3 vehicles were recalled on November 2 due to a seat belt issue.
In the US, Tesla has also been hit by a recall affecting nearly 30,000 Model X vehicles over a fault in the passenger airbag system. A similar recall has yet to be identified in Australia.
The company, led by CEO Elon Musk, has also taken a financial hit as its share price fell to a two-year low earlier this week and is down 52 percent this year.
The decline followed the Tesla recall in the US, as well as ongoing supply chain issues and rising commodity prices.
https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/recalls/teslas-second-recall-in-two-weeks-affects-15000-vehicles-across-australia-c-8963909 Tesla Model Y and Model 3 Australia Recall: The company’s second recall in two weeks recalls 15,000 vehicles in Australia