1000 Teslas recalled over 'serious' fault

More than 1000 Tesla electric vehicles have been recalled in Australia over a steering fault that could increase "the risk of an accident causing serious injury or death".

The Australian Department of Transport issued the recall early on Wednesday over a power steering issue affecting Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles sold between 2017 and 2020.

The recall is the second to affect the car manufacturer in Australia in a fortnight and comes just days after a high-speed crash involving a Tesla in China that killed two bystanders.

The latest Australian Tesla recall was issued for 1012 Tesla vehicles due to a risk their Electronic Power Assist Steering system may lose power and "require a greater steering effort from the driver," particularly at low speeds.

If the fault does occur, the car will play an audio alert and show a visual warning.

Affected vehicle owners have been advised to download new software to fix the issue, or visit an authorised dealer to have it installed.

The recall follows the previous announcement two weeks ago involving 326 Model 3 vehicles with a seatbelt issue.

The latest recall also comes just days after video emerged of a high-speed crash in Guangdong, China, that saw a Tesla Model Y vehicle driving erratically after seemingly slowing down to park.

The accident, which is being investigated by Chinese police, killed two pedestrians, including a high-school student, and left three people, including the driver, with serious injuries.

Tesla said the company would "actively provide any necessary assistance" to police investigating the crash.