Yet Another Recall Plagues America's Most Controversial EV-Maker

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Certain Model S and Model X cars have faulty airbags.

Tesla, the world's leading EV manufacturer, has been having a tough time in the last couple of weeks. First, its CEO Elon Musk went on a Tesla stock selling spree, and now the company is dealing with a great deal of mass recalls affecting popular models such as the Model 3 and Model Y. Back in June, we reported that the company was recalling 300,000 cars due to a faulty cruise control system. Then, earlier this month, Tesla recalled a further 2,791 Model 3 and Model Y cars due to the possibility of the front left lateral link becoming loose from the chassis. Just a few days later, the company issued another recall affecting 12,000 vehicles due to malfunctioning driver assistance systems. Well, guess what? The recalls ain't over. This time, it's the turn of the Tesla Model S and Model X. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these cars could have faulty airbags.

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The recall affects Model S cars built between June 21, 2021, and September 29, 2021, and 2021 Model X SUVs built between September 3, 2021, and September 23, 2021, with a total of 7,600 vehicles being affected. The recall was issued after it was revealed that the wrapping and scoring processes used on the cover door could lead to the airbag catching on the door and tearing apart while deploying, rendering the airbag useless in the case of a serious accident. According to the Mexican supplier and NHTSA records, the airbags were produced from June 29, 2021, until September 8, 2021.

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Tesla will be replacing the driver airbag on all affected vehicles and the new airbag will feature a new design that reinforces the cushion fabric where the original tear occurred. Tesla stores and service centers are aware of the situation, and an official email will be sent to owners on 7 January 2022. This should be a simple enough issue to resolve, and although one could place the blame for this recall at Tesla's feet, it's worth remembering that, in this case at least, the electric automaker had no control over the issue. Still, with recalls coming thick and fast, public perception towards the brand could worsen if quality control measures are not refined in future.

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