Tesla forced to recall more than two million electric vehicles over urgent warning light issue

Tesla forced to recall more than two million electric vehicles over urgent warning light issue

WATCH: Experts discuss a previous Tesla recall

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 02/02/2024

- 13:10

Updated: 05/03/2024

- 16:55

The EV brand is also facing investigations into its power steering

Tesla has been forced to recall more than two million vehicles as a result of problems with the warning lights.

The Elon Musk-led brand has recalled 2.2 million vehicles in the United States because of incorrect font size on warning lights.

The recall impacts almost all Tesla electric vehicle models including Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, Model Y, and 2024 Cybertruck vehicles.

In a statement released earlier today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the issue could lead to a greater chance of a vehicle being involved in an incident.

Tesla electric vehicles

The Tesla recall will affect more than 2.2 million vehicles


The NHTSA said: “Warning lights with a smaller font size can make critical safety information on the instrument panel difficult to read, increasing the risk of a crash.”

It said the issue affected the brake, park and antilock brake warning lights, potentially heightening the risk of accidents.

According to Reuters, Tesla’s new Cybertruck models started receiving a software update to fix the issue for the units in production.

This is the first recall notification impacting Tesla’s new pick-up truck which began deliveries in November last year.

The Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck has divided opinions since its release in November


Any owners of Tesla vehicles who are impacted by the recall will be notified after January 31, with drivers getting notification letters through the post.

The NHTSA also announced that it had upgraded its probe into Tesla vehicles over power steering loss.

The investigation has now been upgraded to an “engineering analysis” – a required step ahead of another potential recall.

It is estimated that 334,000 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles were subject to the engineering analysis.

Since July 2023, the regulator’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received 2,388 complaints, forcing it to open a preliminary evaluation.

The NHTSA said: “A portion of drivers described their steering begin to feel 'notchy' or 'clicky' either prior to or just after the incident.”

Tesla has been forced to comply with a number of recall notices in recent months, most recently in December with the withdrawal of two million vehicles in response to fears that the Autopilot feature could be putting drivers in danger.

The NHTSA said the system was open to “foreseeable misuse” after investigating the popular EV brand for more than two years.


Tesla factory

Tesla was forced to recall a further two million vehicles late last year


There were fears that the electric vehicles would not adequately ensure that drivers pay attention when using the system.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, has yet to comment on the recall notices, with his most recent post on X, formerly known as Twitter, advertising a new review of the upgraded Tesla Model 3.

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