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Tesla recalls over 300,000 vehicles due to taillight defect

Tesla is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in the US because a software glitch could cause taillights to turn on and off intermittently, increasing the risk of a collision.

Tesla said in documents posted Saturday by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the glitch may affect one or both taillights on some Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. The company said that the brake lamps, backup lamps and turn signal lamps are not affected by the software issue.

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

The recall includes certain 2020 to 2023 Model Y SUVs and 2023 Model 3 sedans. This is potentially 321,628 vehicles.

Tesla became aware of the problem last month after receiving complaints, mainly from customers outside the US, that their vehicle’s taillamps were not illuminating. The company completed an investigation into the problem earlier this month.

Owners will be notified by letter beginning January 14. The company says in the documents that vehicles in production and vehicles scheduled for delivery have received the update since November 6.

As of November 14, Tesla had received three warranty claims because of the problem, but was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the glitch, according to the documents.

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