More than 15,000 Tesla electric vehicles are being recalled in Australia over faulty rear lights that authorities warned “could increase the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death”.
The recall, issued late on Thursday, affects 15,914 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in Australia sold in 2022.
It is the second recall for the company in just a fortnight and the third this month.
It also comes at a tricky time for the pioneering EV firm after its stocks plunged to a two-year low earlier this week.
The latest Tesla safety issue in Australia involves a software error affecting the tail lights, according to the transport department – but does not include brake, reverse or indicator lights.
“Due to a software error, the tail lamps on one or both sides may not illuminate as intended,” the department said.
“If this occurs during dark conditions, the traffic behind will have reduced visibility and may not be able to identify the vehicle.”
The issue can be corrected with software and drivers were urged to check if their vehicle requires a digital update.
Earlier this month more than 1,000 Tesla Model S and Model X cars were recalled over a steering fault on 16 November, and 326 Model 3 vehicles were recalled over a seatbelt issue on 2 November.
There were 17 recall notices for cars issued this month in Australia, with Mercedes-Benz topping the list with four separate recalls.
In the US, Tesla has also been hit with a recall affecting almost 30,000 Model X vehicles over a fault with their front passenger airbag system. A similar recall has yet to be identified in Australia.
Elon Musk’s company has also suffered a financial dip, with its stock price falling to a two-year low earlier this week, down 52% this year.
The fall followed Tesla’s tail-light recall in the US, as well as ongoing supply chain issues and the rising price of raw materials.