Texas-based Tesla electric car company announced Saturday a recall of more than 321,000 vehicles Model 3 and Model Y because the taillights could turn off unexpectedly due to a software problem, increasing the risk of a collision. There haven’t been “any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this condition.” The glitch did not affect brake lights, backup lamps or turn signals. The recall covers some 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles. It followed customer complaints, argely from foreign markets. Tesla became aware of the problem last month and completed an investigation into the problem earlier this month. The company said it will deploy an over-the-air software update to correct the rear light issue. Owners will be notified by letter starting Jan. 14. They shouldn’t be required to take their vehicles in to a physical location for servicing.
The vehicles in production and those set for delivery got the update starting Nov. 6. Tesla estimates that less than 1% of vehicles on the road in the United States exhibit the defect. Earlier this month, the company recalled more than 40,000 Model S and Model X vehicles in a move it said was due to drivers being at risk of experiencing a loss of power on rough roads while using the power steering assist feature. Tesla has reported 19 U.S. recall campaigns in 2022 covering more than 3.7 million vehicles.