Tesla Model Y recalled for wonky trailer brake lights

Not all Model Y SUVs come with the trailer brake, but a couple thousand need an over-the-air update.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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About 2,500 Model Y SUVs will get the updated software.


A new recall has landed for the Tesla Model Y, and for those owners with the optional trailer brake lights, you'll need to keep an eye out for a new software update. According to documents published with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, Model Y vehicles may have glitched software that prevents the lights from illuminating.

Not too many Model Ys are part of the recall; NHTSA and Tesla said 2,567 are included. We don't know, however, how many Model Y SUVs Tesla has actually built. If Tesla delivered a chunk of them with the trailer brake lights, then it's a more significant recall than the figure on its own suggests.

Since the software error keeps the lights from, well, doing their job and lighting up, the Teslas fail to comply with federal motor safety vehicle safety standards and must be recalled. Since Teslas are awfully well connected, there's no need for owners to take their cars to a service center. Instead, Tesla released a new over-the-air software update that will fix the problem free of charge for all owners. According to NHTSA, the update began rolling out last month.

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