Tesla recalling more than 2 million vehicles in EV maker’s largest recall to date

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Tesla Inc. is recalling more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S. as a result of a warning lights problem, marking the electric vehicle maker’s largest recall to date.

“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,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said, in a statement. The NHTSA said that 2.19 million vehicles are potentially affected.

Related: Tesla to recall more than 2 million vehicles over concerns about Autopilot and drivers’ attention

is recalling certain 2012-2023 Model S, 2016-2024 Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, 2019-2024 Model Y, and 2024 Cybertruck vehicles, according to the NHTSA.

“An incorrect font size is displayed on the instrument panel for the Brake, Park, and Antilock Brake System (ABS) warning lights,” it said. “As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 105, ‘Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems’ and 135, ‘Light Vehicle Brake Systems’.”

The electric vehicle maker began releasing an over-the-air software update, free of charge, with owner notification letters expected to be mailed March 30, 2024, according to the NHTSA.  

Related: Tesla recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles due to software glitch that causes backup camera to go dark

Tesla has not yet responded to a request for comment from MarketWatch.

Shares of Tesla fell 0.3% in premarket trades Friday. The stock is down 0.6% over the last 52 weeks, compared with the S&P 500 index’s
gain of 18.6%.

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Last month the Associated Press reported that Tesla is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. because of a software glitch that causes the cars’ backup cameras to go dark. In December, Tesla recalled more than 2 million vehicles over autopilot control issues.

Ciara Linnane and Claudia Assis contributed.

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