Tesla to Fix Potential Airbag, Tail Light Issues with Software Update for 350,000 Cars

Tesla on Saturday filed for a voluntary recall of more than 321,000 Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles (EVs) with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a potential glitch with taillights that could cause them to not light up properly — reports Fox Business.

On Friday, the all-electric automaker also issued a separate NHTSA recall for about 30,000 Model X units in the U.S. over an issue that could lead to improper front passenger airbag deployment (via Reuters).

According to Tesla, the taillight issue affects some 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y units. It was highlighted by customer complaints Tesla became aware of in October — the company said this issue was the subject of three warranty reports.

Tesla’s investigation into the issue revealed that in rare instances, false fault detections during the vehicle wake-up process could result in the taillights intermittently not working.

The airbag issue, meanwhile, appears exclusive to the Model X. Tesla said in its NHTSA filing that in certain low-speed collision events with a young, unbelted, and out-of-position passenger in the front seat, the airbag could deploy incorrectly.

Both issues will be addressed via over-the-air (OTA) software updates, Tesla told the NHTSA. The vehicle maker also said that it was not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths involving either problem.

Earlier this month, Tesla voluntarily recalled 40,000 Model S and Model X units due to a risk of the power steering assist conking out when driving over rough roads. That issue was also fixed through an OTA update.

Prior to that, Tesla also issued a notice “proactively” calling in more than 24,000 Model 3 units to inspect rear seat belts.