Tesla recalls 300,000 vehicles over taillight software flaw

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LOS ANGELES — Tesla is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in the U.S. because a software glitch could cause taillights to flash intermittently, increasing the risk of a collision.

Tesla said in documents posted Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the outage could affect one or both taillights on certain Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. Brake lights, reverse lights and turn signals are not affected by the software issue, the company said.

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The automaker said it is releasing an online software update that will fix the problem.

The recall affects certain 2020 to 2023 model Y SUVs and 2023 model 3 sedans. That equates to a potential 321,628 vehicles.

Tesla learned of the problem last month after receiving complaints, mostly from customers outside the US, that their car’s taillights were not lit. The company completed an investigation into the issue earlier this month.

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Owners will be notified by letter from January 14. The company says in documents that vehicles in production and vehicles ready for delivery will receive the update from November 6.

As of November 14, Tesla had received three warranty claims due to the issue, but was not aware of any related crashes or injuries related to the outage, according to the documents.

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