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Tesla recalls 435,000 cars in China over rear light issue and will issue software update


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A total of 142,277 Model 3 sedans and 292,855 Model Y vehicles could be affected by the issue in which a software defect stops the rear lights on the car from illuminating, according to China’s State Administration for Market Regulation.

The regulators said this poses a safety hazard for drivers.

Last month, Tesla recalled more than 321,000 vehicles in the U.S. over a similar issue.

Tesla will issue software updates remotely to fix the problem.

Technical issues are mounting for Tesla in China. The U.S. electric carmaker announced a recall of more than 80,000 cars in China last week over seatbelt and software issues.

China is one of Tesla’s most important markets. The company has a major production factory in Shanghai and has been selling a record number of China made-cars in recent months.

But Elon Musk’s automaker is also facing tougher competition from domestic rivals including Warren Buffett-backed BYD and startups including XPengNioLi Auto

In October, Tesla cut the price of its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in China after raising them earlier in the year on rising material costs.

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