Tesla has identified nearly 30,000 units of the Tesla Model X that may have been shipped with a faulty airbag that won’t deploy as intended during a crash. The issue reportedly affects the airbag’s restraint control module (RCM) and could cause the airbag to deploy in circumstances it ideally shouldn’t. Because of this issue, the affected cars do not conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 208 requirements, which deal with the protection of a vehicle’s occupants in a crash (per NHTSA).
Thankfully, the NHTSA adds that the issue can be fixed via a simple Over-The-Air (OTA) update. In fact, Tesla has already released an update that is being rolled out to Model X users. In addition to an OTA update alert, Tesla will also mail all car owners affected by this issue, intimating them about the issue. In a submission to the NHTSA, Tesla also adds that it is unaware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this recall.
Note that this latest Tesla product recall is the second such recall from Tesla. Earlier this month, the company confirmed that it is recalling 40,000 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles that had a potential issue with power steering assist when driven over bad, pothole-riddled roads.