Tesla recalls 15,000 cars over light fault

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More than 15,000 Tesla electric vehicles are being recalled in Australia due to faulty rear lights which authorities say “could increase the risk of a crash resulting in serious injury or death”.

The recall, released late 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 1,000 Tesla Model S and Model X cars were recalled for a steering problem on November 16.

It also comes at a delicate time for the pioneering electric vehicle company after its shares plunged to a two-year low earlier this week.

Tesla’s latest safety issue in Australia involves a software error affecting vehicle tail lights, according to the Department for Transport, including brake, reverse and tail lights.

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

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

The issue can be fixed 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 the power steering of Model S and Model X vehicles was identified last week, and 326 Model 3 vehicles were recalled over a belt issue security on November 2.

In the United States, Tesla was also affected by a recall affecting nearly 30,000 Model X vehicles due to a fault in their front passenger airbag system. A similar recall has yet to be identified in Australia.

The company, led by chief executive Elon Musk, has also suffered a financial downturn, with its share price falling to its lowest level in two years earlier this week, down 52% this year.

The fall followed Tesla’s taillight recall in the United States, as well as ongoing supply chain issues and rising commodity prices.

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