- 16:23 ET, Apr 18 2022
- Updated: 16:23 ET, Apr 18 2022
TESLA has issued an urgent recall for thousands of its Model X cars over a fault with its airbags.
More than 7,000 cars are thought to be affected by the fault that may cause the side-curtain airbags to deploy incorrectly if the windows are open
Elon Musk’s company also reissued a recall of nearly 595,000 vehicles, after finding a second issue with its Boombox feature that could block out audible warnings for pedestrians.
What is going on with the airbags?
The issue with the airbags involves about 7,300 of the Model X SUVs made for the 2021-2022 model years.
According to autoblog, the issue was found during testing.
It became apparent that the side airbags did not deploy as the engineers intended them to when the windows were down.
The exact issue was down to passenger ejection in the event of an accident.
Essentially, the airbags could not keep the passengers as safe as they could in the event of a crash while the windows were lowered.
Autoblog said: “Tesla says it has modified the airbag mounting brackets to clear trim on the A-pillar, eliminating the issue.”
About half of the Model X’s that were produced for 2021 and 2022 so far had the defective airbags installed and all the affected models are still under warranty.
Fortunately, the faulty systems were abandoned so there should not be any more incidents involving airbags and the Model X.
What about the ‘Boombox’ feature?
Tesla also had to re-issue a previous recall for nearly 600,000 vehicles surrounding the ‘Boombox‘ external speakers.
This feature is a collection of external speakers fitted to the outside of Tesla vehicles whose entire purpose is to play noises under 19 miles per hour to make them noticeable to those with visual impairment.
A similar system has to be active on all electric vehicles sold in the U.S.
While Teslas were emitting the proper sounds for safety measures, they were also emitting other sounds that were not benefiting the safety of others over the sounds that were.
This the second time tesla has had to recall vehicles due to the ‘Boombox’ feature this year.
We have reached out to Tesla for comment on the matter.
The first instance was in February 2022 and affected the same Model S, Model X, Model Y, and Model 3 vehicles as this reissue does.
However, this reissue supersedes the one from February as problems included in the first issue will be covered in the reissue.
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