more than 15,000 Tesla Electric vehicles are being recalled in Australia because of faulty rear lights, with authorities warning that “there could be an increased risk of a crash causing serious injury or death”.
memory, released late ThursdayAffects 15,914 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles sold in Australia in 2022.
This is the company’s second recall in just a fortnight and third this month.
It’s a difficult time for the leading EV firm after its shares fell to a two-year low earlier this week.
According to the Department for Transport, the latest Tesla safety issue in Australia involves a software error affecting the taillights – but not the brake, reverse or indicator lights.
“Due to a software error, the tail lamps may not illuminate on one or both sides,” the department said.
“If this occurs during dark conditions, the visibility to the traffic behind will be reduced and may not be able to identify the vehicle.”
The issue can be fixed with software and drivers were urged to check whether their vehicle required a digital update.
Earlier this month there were more than 1,000 Tesla Model S and Model X cars recalled over a steering fault on November 16, and there were 326 Model 3 vehicles recalled over seatbelt issue On 2 November.
Australia has issued 17 recall notices for cars this month, with Mercedes-Benz topping the list with four separate recalls.
In the US, Tesla has recalled nearly 30,000 Model X vehicles due to a defect in their front passenger airbag system. A similar recall has yet to be identified in Australia.
Elon Musk’s company has also suffered a financial downturn, with its share price falling to a two-year low earlier this week, down 52% this year.
The decline followed Tesla’s tail-light recall in the US as well as ongoing supply chain issues and rising raw material prices.