Tesla has recalled the Model 3 and Model Y in Australia to fix a problem with their tail lights.

    “Due to a software error, the tail lamps on one or both sides may not illuminate as intended. If this occurs during dark conditions, the traffic behind will have reduced visibility and may not be able to identify the vehicle,” Tesla says in its recall notice.

    “Note: Brake lamps, reverse lamps and turn signal lamps are not affected by this condition and continue to operate as intended.”

    “If the traffic behind is unable to identify the vehicle, it could increase the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.”

    Rather than requiring a return to a dealer or service centre, the problem can be solved with an over-the-air software update that owners download at home.

    “The software release that contains the remedy has deployed over-the-air (OTA) to all affected vehicles,” Tesla says.

    “If your vehicle is running software version 2022.40.100 or 2022.40.1 or later, your vehicle is not subject to this issue. You can confirm your vehicle’s software version by tapping ‘Controls’ > ‘Software’ on your touchscreen.”

    • A total of 15,914 vehicles are included in the recall
    • The original recall notice is attached here
    • A VIN list of affected vehicles is attached here

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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