Tesla recalls 48,000 U.S. vehicles over speed display

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FILE PHOTO: Tesla Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at the carmaker's factory in Shanghai, China

By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tesla is recalling about 48,000 Model 3 Performance vehicles in the United States because they may not display the speedometer while in "Track Mode," documents released Friday show.

The recall covers vehicles from the 2018 through 2022 model years. Tesla will perform an over-the-air software update to address the issue. Tesla said a firmware update released in December unintentionally removed the speed unit from the user interface.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the vehicles do not comply with a federal motor vehicle safety standard and if drivers do not know how fast they are traveling it could increase the risk of a crash.

Over the last year, Tesla has been issuing more recalls, including some under pressure from NHTSA. Tesla separately on Friday recalled one 2022 Model X vehicle because a bracket was not installed at the second-row seat.

Tesla has issued a total of 10 recall campaigns https://datahub.transportation.gov/stories/s/38mw-dp8u in 2022 covering 2.1 million vehicles, NHTSA said, but some vehicles are covered by more than one campaign. That is the second highest number of vehicles recalled this year behind Ford Motor.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editing by John Stonestreet and Tomasz Janowski)

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