Airbag fault recall for Tesla Model X

2017 Tesla SUVs recalled in Australia

A possibly dangerous airbag fault has been identified in the 2017 Tesla Model X SUV.

Being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) the recall will affect 469 Tesla vehicles, all were built between April 2016 and June 2017 and sold locally between  January and June this year.

Is your Tesla Model X affected? Check your VIN here.

The recall notice advises that airbag deployments in right hand drive Model X vehicles are commanded by the vehicle’s restraint control module (RCM), which requires a valid occupant classification value to deploy the passenger front airbag.

In this vehicle the RCM doesn’t receive a value that it recognises as valid so it will not deploy the passenger front airbag in the event of a crash.

What are the hazards?

Non-deployment of the passenger front airbag in a crash may increase the risk of injury to the front passenger.

Tesla will send an ‘over the air’ update with the corrected firmware.

The electric car company is asking owners to accept the over-the-air software update and choose to install the update immediately.

This is the second recall for the Tesla SUV this year after the Model X was recently involved in a recall surrounding an issue with the parking brake.

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