SB-22-00-016 Taillight May Fail to Illuminate – 2023 Tesla Model 3 & 2020-2023 Model Y

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November 15, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V844000

Taillight May Fail to Illuminate

A taillight that fails to illuminate may reduce the visibility of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V844

Manufacturer Tesla, Inc.


Potential Number of Units Affected 321,628



Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling certain 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles. One or both taillights may intermittently fail to illuminate.



Tesla has released an over-the-air (OTA) software update, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed January 14, 2023. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-22-00-016.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


Check if your Tesla has a Recall


This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Tesla, Inc. has decided that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain model year 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles. Our records show that you are the owner of a vehicle affected by this action.



On affected vehicles, a software error may cause the tail lamps on one or both sides to illuminate intermittently which may cause false fault detections during the vehicle wake up process. A taillamp that intermittently illuminates may result in reduced visibility in dark conditions, which may increase the risk of a collision.



Tesla remedied this issue with a free over-the-air (“OTA”) software update that prevents false fault detections during the vehicle wake up process, which ensures that all taillamps operate as designed.



Please check that your vehicle is running software version 2022.40.100, 2022.40.4 or any later release, all of which contain the remedy. You can check the software version running on your vehicle by tapping ‘Controls’ then ‘Software’ on your touchscreen. If your vehicle is running any one of the software versions listed above, then there is no further action that you need to take, and you may disregard this notice. If your vehicle is not running one of these software versions, then please install the latest pending software update through your Tesla app, or by tapping the yellow clock icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen and following the prompts. For awareness, software updates typically take between 20 to 60 minutes to complete. See for additional details on Tesla vehicle software updates.


November 19, 2022

Update Vehicle Firmware to Correct Taillight Functionality



Certain 2023 Model 3 and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles built with global taillights and running firmware versions 2022.28 and later, but before 2022.40.4.1, may require a firmware update to address intermittently illuminating taillights on one or both sides of the vehicle. This condition does not affect brake lamp, backup lamp, or turn signal lamp operation.



Inspect the vehicle firmware version, and if necessary, update the vehicle firmware to version 2022.40.4.1 or later.



On the vehicle touchscreen, touch Controls (vehicle icon) > Software, and then scroll down to display the vehicle firmware version.

  • If the vehicle is operating with a firmware version before 28, or 2022.40.4.1 and later, no further action is necessary. Use correction code S012200016.
  • If the vehicle is operating with firmware version 2022.28 or later, but before 2022.40.4.1, update to version 2022.40.4.1 or later (refer to Service Manual procedure 00020003; Model 3, Model Y). Use correction code


Chronology :

– During the week of October 24, 2022, Tesla observed customer complaints primarily from foreign markets that claimed vehicle taillamps were not illuminating.

– From October 26, 2022, through November 4, 2022, Tesla investigated vehicle log data and firmware release details as they pertained to the customer complaints.

– On November 7, 2022, Tesla completed its investigation and confirmed the suspected root cause, risk assessment, and affected vehicle population.

Tesla reviewed the findings with the executive team and, on November 8, 2022, a voluntary recall determination was made.

– As of November 14, 2022, Tesla identified 3 warranty claims and no field reports (received between November 1, 2022, and November 8, 2022) for U.S. vehicles that are related to or may be related to this condition. Tesla is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this condition.


5 Affected Products


TESLA MODEL Y 2020-2023


6 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-22V844-3313.PDF 214.322KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-22V844-3875.pdf 1.322KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-22V844-6324.pdf 201.717KB

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Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-22V844-8618.pdf 72.615KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2023-1

RCLQRT-22V844-9406.PDF 211.138KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2023-2

RCLQRT-22V844-3416.PDF 211.235KB

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