Tesla safety update goes out to Model S drivers

As the great recall of the Takata airbag inflators continue, I ended up getting an email today regarding my Model S recalls.  Here is the email:

“As part of the industry-wide recall of Takata airbag inflators, the front passenger airbags in certain 2014-2016 Model S vehicles are affected by the recall and Tesla will be replacing them. The safety of our customers is paramount and we are taking this action even though there have been no airbag ruptures or other related incidents in any Tesla vehicles.

If you own a 2014-2016 Model S vehicle that is affected by this recall, Tesla will contact you to schedule your replacement service. At this time, there is no immediate action that you need to take.

As with the tens of millions of other vehicles with Takata airbag inflators, this recall is taking place in phases according to the schedule previously determined by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to this schedule, the recall of 2012 Model S vehicles began in 2017, was extended to 2013 Model S vehicles in 2018, and is now being extended to 2014-2016 Model S vehicles. Tesla has followed the same schedule for replacements in other countries as well – even where local regulators have not required a recall.

As noted by NHTSA, customers do not need to be concerned about recalled airbags in their vehicles before they receive a formal recall notice. The predetermined schedule for recall and remedy ensures that customers will have sufficient time to replace their recalled airbags before they present a risk to safety, due to the fact that the airbag inflators only become defective based on a number of different factors, including age.

The industry-wide Takata recall does not affect any Tesla Model S vehicles produced after mid-December 2016, nor does it affect any Tesla Roadster, Model X, or Model 3 vehicles. These vehicles do not have the type of airbag inflator that is subject to the recall.

For more information, FAQs, and other details related to this recall, please visit the Recall Information page. If you need additional assistance, you can also contact us by phone at (877) 798-3752 or by email at ServiceHelpNA@tesla.com.

Thank you for being a Tesla customer and working with us to ensure your safety. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

So there you have it. If you own a Model S from 2014-2016 you should be getting more correspondence to schedule the replacement airbag inflator.

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