Tesla Recalls Model Y to Fix Trailer Brake-Light Issue

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FREMONT, Calif. – Tesla, Inc. has agreed to recall certain Model Y, the electric automaker’s new sport utility vehicle, because brake lights might not work on a trailer it may be towing.

The recall covers 2,567 202 model year vehicles built between Aug. 10 and Sept. 22, 2020 vehicles equipped with a global rear lamp variant and tow package configuration, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 20V-609.

According to the report, a software error in certain Model Y vehicles may prevent illumination of trailer brake lights upon actuation of the service brake and Telsa will remedy the issue with a firmware update which was released over-the-air Sept. 23.

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As of the recall filing, some 97 percent of the affected vehicles had the update installed.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.