Tesla recalls more than 300,000 vehicles in US over rear light problems

Tesla is one of the Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust’s biggest holdings (AFP via Getty Images)
Tesla is one of the Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust’s biggest holdings (AFP via Getty Images)

Tesla has recalled more than 300,000 vehicles in the US due to problems with their rear lights.

The Texas-based electric car firm said the recall impacts its 2023 Model 3 and 2020 to 2023 versions of the Model Y vehicles.

Tesla said it had received no reports of crashes related to the fault, which has led to the recall of 321,000 cars.

Tesla said it became aware of the issue with taillights after receiving complaints from customers in October.

A subsequent investigation found that the lights on some vehicles would intermittently fail to turn on due to an anomaly that may cause false fault detections.

It comes after the firm, which is run by outspoken billionaire Elon Musk, recalled nearly 30,000 Model X cars on Friday over an issue that causes front passenger air bags to deploy incorrectly.

Shares in the company – which has a market capitalisation of more than $500billion (£420billion) – tumbled by around three per cent following the news.

Tesla has reported 19 US recall campaigns in 2022 covering more than 3.7 million vehicles, according to NHTSA data.