The vehicles were recalled because the font size on a warning lights panel was too small. Tesla will address the issue with a software update.
Tesla is recalling about 2.2 million vehicles because the font on the warning lights panel was too small to comply with safety standards, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice published on Friday.
“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 agency said in the notice.
Tesla, the world’s dominant maker of electric vehicles, is releasing a software update that will fix the issue, free of charge, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The models affected include the 2012 to 2023 Model S, the 2016 to 2024 Model X, the 2017 to 2023 Model 3, 2019 to 2024 Model Y, and 2024 Cybertruck vehicles.
The recall is at least Tesla’s fifth in less than two years. In December, the company recalled more than two million vehicles, including its most popular, the Model Y sport-utility vehicle, after U.S. officials said it had not done enough to ensure that drivers remained attentive when using a system that can steer, accelerate and brake cars automatically. That recall covered nearly all cars the company had manufactured in the United States since 2012.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.