Tesla recalls self-driving cars that may break traffic rules

Austin, TX – February 25, 2023 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has recalled 362,758 self-driving cars that may drive unsafely, increasing the risk of an accident.

This recall is a result of a U.S. government investigation.

The following vehicles are affected by this recall: 

  • 2017 – 2023 Tesla Model 3 
  • 2016 – 2023 Tesla Model S
  • 2016 – 2023 Tesla Model X
  • 2020 – 2023 Tesla Model Y   

Recall summary  

All listed vehicles are equipped with a beta version of full self-driving software, which can take control of the car’s steering, acceleration and braking. 

When this mode is activated in the affected cars, they may commit traffic violations. This includes speeding, going through yellow lights, inappropriate lane switching or not stopping at stop signs for long enough. 

Recall risks

A vehicle that breaks traffic rules is more likely to crash, upping the risk of injury. 

Warning signs

The software is set up to warn the driver if it cannot safely operate the vehicle. If this happens, the driver should take over the control. 

Background of the recall

The defect that caused this recall was identified by the U.S. government auto safety regulator, the National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), last month as part of an ongoing investigation into Tesla collisions with emergency vehicles. You can find more information about the investigation here. 

There have been 18 warranty claims related to the recall. 

Other Tesla recalls

Some of the listed electric SUVs may have been affected by a recent Tesla Model X recall caused by airbags that may deploy incorrectly

Among previous Tesla Model 3 recalls, the one caused by faulty tail lamps, which took place in November 2022, is the most recent

The repair

Tesla will fix the issue by upgrading the vehicles’ software free of charge. The update will be done over-the-air, meaning that there is no need to take the car back to the dealer.

Vehicle owners will get letters with more information on  April 15, 2023. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Tesla full self-driving software recall is affecting more than 350,000 cars. To do a Tesla recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Bojan PopicTesla recalls self-driving cars that may break traffic rules

Tesla recalls Model 3 and Model Y cars over faulty tail lamps 

Austin, TX – November 26, 2022 – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has issued a recall for 321,628 vehicles due to a problem with the tail lamps. One or both of the lamps at the rear could fail to light up, increasing the risk of an accident.

The recall covers the following models: 

  • 2023 Tesla Model 3
  • 2020 – 2023 Tesla Model Y

Recall summary

In the recalled vehicles, due to a firmware problem, one or both of the tail lamps may fail to illuminate consistently

Recall risks

Tail lamps that do not illuminate as expected reduce the vehicle’s visibility, which could increase the risk of a collision.  

Other Tesla recalls

A Tesla Model X airbag recall was issued in mid-November over airbags that could fail to deploy properly in low-speed crashes.

In November, Tesla recalled 24,064 2017-2022 Model 3 cars over seatbelts that fail to restrain occupants in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.   

In June, the U.S. government upgraded its investigation into problems regarding Tesla’s autopilot feature that caused vehicles to crash into emergency responders attending to a prior, unrelated accident. The probe potentially covers 830,000 Tesla vehicles.

The repair

Tesla will use an over-the-air (OTA) update to correct the problem with the firmware in the affected vehicles, ensuring that the tail lamps will operate as intended. These updates are automatic and do not require owners to bring their cars to a Tesla service center. The timeline of the update is not clear.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified on or around January 14, 2023.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 321,000 vehicles are affected by this Tesla tail lamp issue. To see if your vehicle is among them, or to check for 2023 Tesla Model X recalls, Tesla airbag recalls and more,  run a Tesla recall check using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Joseph EstabilloTesla recalls Model 3 and Model Y cars over faulty tail lamps