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Tesla to Fix Rear Lighting Issue on Over 435,000 China-Made Cars

Tesla Inc. will conduct an over-the-air software update on more than 435,000 electric vehicles made at its factory in China due to a rear-lighting defect.

By: BLOOMBERG
Updated on: Dec 02 2022, 01:16 IST
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said 142,277 Model 3 sedans and 292,855 Model Y sports utility vehicles could be affected by the issue, which in extreme cases raises the risk of crashes. (REUTERS)
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said 142,277 Model 3 sedans and 292,855 Model Y sports utility vehicles could be affected by the issue, which in extreme cases raises the risk of crashes. (REUTERS)

Tesla Inc. will conduct an over-the-air software update on more than 435,000 electric vehicles made at its factory in China due to a rear-lighting defect.

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said 142,277 Model 3 sedans and 292,855 Model Y sports utility vehicles could be affected by the issue, which in extreme cases raises the risk of crashes. The recall follows a similar move in the US last month, when Tesla had to update software on more than 321,000 EVs because their tail lights might fail to illuminate. 

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Tesla rolled out another software fix last week on about 80,000 Model 3, S and X EVs in China, imported and locally-made, due to defects related to battery systems and seat belts. It also asked some customers to return their cars to be fixed. 

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Tesla delivered about 320,000 locally-made EVs in China last year and 340,000 in the first 10 months of 2022.

Elon Musk’s company is a major player in China, the world’s biggest EV market. With competition intensifying, Tesla recently revamped its marketing strategy and cut prices to attract customers. A representative for the automaker referred queries on the latest issue to the Chinese regulator’s statement. 

Less than a month ago, video of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model Y in China was widely circulated on social media along with claims that faulty brakes caused the accident. The company said it would assist a police investigation and suggested it wasn’t due to a malfunction.  

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First Published Date: 02 Dec, 01:16 IST
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