Tesla issues proactive recall to replace 2021 Model S/X driver airbags

Tesla has issued a proactive recall for newly built Model S and Model X vehicles on Thursday afternoon.

The recall applies to vehicles built in 2021, and relates to concerns with driver airbags, which Tesla will replace free of charge.

The recall was first noted by Model S Plaid owner Gabriel, who shared with Drive Tesla an email he received notifying him that his vehicle was impacted.

According to the email, a potential issue was discovered during quality inspections that could result in two driver airbags not deploying properly.

Tesla notes that all airbags from the affected supply were discarded, but out of an “abundance of caution” they are issuing the recall.

The notice adds that owners can continue to use their vehicle, and they will be contacted soon to schedule a service appointment.

Tesla has decided to proactively recall certain Model S and Model X vehicles for driver airbag replacement. This recall applies to certain Model S and Model X vehicles built in 2021 based on our manufacturing records. Our records indicate that your vehicle, [VIN redacted], may be affected by this recall.

During routine quality inspections we identified a potential issue with two driver airbags that may cause them not to deploy properly. All airbags from those lots were quarantined and discarded, however in an abundance of caution, we are recalling all other units from that manufacturing location. We are not aware of any injuries relating to this condition.

No immediate action is required if you own a Model S or Model X affected by this recall, and you may continue to drive your car. Tesla will contact you to schedule a service appointment when parts become available in your region and replace the driver airbag free of charge.

The recall has not yet been posted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Transport Canada recall databases at the time of publication.

If you haven’t received a notification yet, you can check yourself to see if you vehicle is part of the recall by entering your VIN in Tesla’s VIN Recall Search tool.

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