You’re here issued a recall covering more than 321,000 vehicles due to taillights that may not come on. 2020-2023 Model Ys are included in the recall, but only Model 3 2023 model year vehicles built between October 19 and November 5, 2022 may be affected. Tesla estimates that less than 1% of vehicles on the road in the United States have the defect. Interestingly, Tesla says it has “observed customer complaints primarily from overseas markets.”
According to documents posted to National Highway Safety Administration website, “In rare cases, the taillights on one or both sides of the affected vehicles may illuminate intermittently due to a firmware anomaly that may cause false fault detections during the wake-up process of the vehicle. The brake lights, reverse lights, and turn signals are unaffected by this condition and will continue to operate as intended.”
Naturally, taillights left off at night can reduce visibility, both for the Tesla driver and for other motorists sharing the road. As is often the case with Tesla recalls, an over-the-air update will resolve the issue, which means owners shouldn’t be required to take their vehicles to a physical location for servicing. Tesla says vehicles built from November 6, 2022 already have the latest firmware that fixes the problem.