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Tesla Recalls Model 3, Model Y for Failing Taillights and Model X for Airbags

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It’s been a rough year for Tesla recalls, and now the automaker is issuing two more for nearly the entirety of its current lineup. An issue with the taillights has prompted a recall of some 321,600 Model 3 sedans and Model Y SUVs, while a potentially faulty passenger airbag is at the heart of a separate recall for more than 29,300 Model X SUVs.

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For the Model 3 and Model Y, affected vehicles include model-year 2023 Model 3s and model-year 2020-23 Model Ys. The issue stems from a glitch in the firmware that may affect the vehicles’ wake-up processes, causing one or both taillights to illuminate only intermittently, increasing the risk of a crash.

Model-year 2021-23 Model Xs are involved in the airbag recall. The restraint control module calibration may cause the front passenger airbag to deploy incorrectly during certain low-speed crashes, increasing the risk of injury.

Tesla has addressed both issues with free over-the-air software updates that are available now. The Texas-based automaker will begin notifying owners of the issue Jan. 14, 2023; those with further questions can call Tesla at 877-798-3752, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check your vehicle identification number and learn more.

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