While it is fairly common for automakers to issue product recalls correcting problems with vehicles that were shipped with faulty equipment or software bugs, a string of product recalls has recently hit hard Tesla. According to NHTSA data, Tesla has issued ten product recalls for the Tesla Model X in 2022 alone. We last reported on a Tesla product recall in May 2022, when the company recalled over 130,000 vehicles to address an overheating issue with the infotainment system.
This bug affected the Tesla Model 3 from 2022, the Tesla Model S and Model X from 2021 to 2022, and the Tesla Model Y from 2022. Given that most of Tesla’s core features, such as navigation and air conditioning, are accessed via the infotainment system, the bug had an important impact on the usability of these vehicles. Because of this problem, the company received several warranty claims. To resolve the issue, Tesla had to distribute a software patch to all affected vehicles.
Tesla has issued another product recall, this time for the Model X, over six months later. According to Reuters, the company plans to recall approximately 30,000 Tesla Model X vehicles to address a potential problem.
The Tesla models affected by this bug included the Tesla Model 3 from 2Tesla has identified nearly 30,000 units of the Tesla Model X that may have been shipped with a faulty airbag that will not deploy as intended during a crash. The problem reportedly affects the airbag’s restraint control module (RCM), causing the airbag to deploy in situations where it should not. Because of this defect, the affected vehicles do not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 208, which deals with protecting a vehicle’s occupants in the event of a crash (per NHTSA).
Fortunately, the NHTSA adds I can resolve the problem with a simple Over-The-Air (OTA) update. Tesla has already released an update that is being distributed to Model X owners. Besides the OTA update alert, Tesla will notify all car owners affected by this issue via email. Tesla also states in a submission to the NHTSA that it is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this recall.
It is important to note that this is Tesla’s second product recall. Earlier this month, the company announced the recall of 40,000 Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles because of a potential issue with power steering assist when driven over bad, pothole-ridden roads.