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

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Tesla is recalling more than 300,000 vehicles in the US because of potential problems with their rear lights.

The Texas-based electric vehicle manufacturer said the recall affects some 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

Tesla said it has had no reports of any crashes or injuries related to the recall of about 321,000 vehicles.

It is understood that the firm will provide a wireless update to correct the issue, which causes rear lights to intermittently fail to come on.

The move came to light as a result of a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made public today.

Days ago, the company recalled about 30,000 Model X cars over an issue that may cause the front passenger airbag to inflate incorrectly and increase the risk of injury.

Earlier this month, the firm recalled more than 40,000 Model S and Model X vehicles due to the risk of a loss of power steering assist when driving on rough roads or after hitting a pothole.

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

The latest recalls are likely to fuel concerns of some Tesla investors about whether Elon Musk can focus properly on his role as chief executive of the world’s most valuable carmaker now that he is running Twitter.

His short stewardship of the platform has been marred by controversy with mass lay-offs and disgruntled staff leaving, leading to warnings that the site could crash during the World Cup.

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At Tesla’s shareholders meeting in August, before the $44bn takeover deal was struck, Musk was asked about a succession plan and replied: “I intend to stay with Tesla as long as I can be useful.”

He added: “We do have a very talented team here.

“So I think Tesla would continue to do very well even if I was kidnapped by aliens or went back to my home planet maybe.”

Tesla director James Murdoch recently told a court that Musk had identified a potential successor to head the firm, but did not name them.

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