Tesla Issues Takata-Related Recall For 2012-13 Model S


Don’t call them, they’ll call you.

The Takata air bag crisis has forced the recall of millions of cars from at least 19 brands since 2013 due to faulty inflators that can cause injury during deployment of the safety device. Like so many others, Tesla has been caught up in this mess and, coordinating the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced a recall of 2012 Model S vehicles in January of 2017 to replace the passenger-side air bag. Now, that recall has been extended to 2013 Model S sedans as well.


Model S interior

If you have a 2013 Model S, here’s what you need to do right away: nothing. Tesla will be getting in touch to schedule your replacement service, so there’s no need to call them. So far, they’ve replaced 90 percent of the affected 2012 cars, and are now beginning the process for the 2013 vehicles. Owners living outside of the U.S. who aren’t covered by the recall will also be contacted and have the defective part replaced.

Eventually, Tesla will recall every Model S between the model years of 2012 to 2016 — the original Roadster, Model X and Model 3 all remain unaffected — with future announcements and replacement schedules being decided by NHTSA. In the meantime, Tesla says its cars are safe to drive (and ride in) as per the government agency. The inflators only become defective with age, so the recall schedule should see affected vehicles fixed before they become a safety risk.

To date, no Tesla vehicle has experienced a problem with a Takata air bag, and hopefully these actions will keep that record clean. You can read the complete Tesla recall notice at this link.

Source: Tesla

Categories: Tesla


Leave a Reply

7 Comments on "Tesla Issues Takata-Related Recall For 2012-13 Model S"

newest oldest most voted

So, when talking Toyota, they didn’t care about human life, they knew and did it anyway, they would do anything to save a buck, they were conspirators, all car companies are evil and do this on a regular basis. When the same thing happens to Tesla, guess what? Let’s sing some more praises. Oh you don’t need to do anything, they are so quick fixing things and making everything perfect again. Of course, it was never really imperfect because they are always perfect perfect you know? It was just momentarily a little less perfecty. But they are still perfect.

Virtually every automaker is affected by this recall, and many are slow-walking the passenger-side airbag recalls, so yes, the fact that Tesla isn’t reflects well on them.

We sold our 2010 Honda for this reason – with a family of five we can’t just have nobody sit in the passenger seat, but Honda wasn’t providing rentals for the passenger seat recall. And the experience of several months of rentals while waiting for the driver’s-side bag was pretty miserable.

They should have disabled the airbags if they couldn’t be replaced in a reasonable amount of time.

This is strange, wasn’t this known over 2 years ago? Why is this just happening now?

There are so many of these grenade airbags that they simply can’t be replaced in one go, and older cars (MY 2000-2003) are by far the highest priority because the problem gets worse with age and humidity.

The NHTSA is working with manufacturers to roll out replacements in stages, starting with the oldest cars exposed to the most humidity. The goal is to keep replacing ahead of the time that the airbags become dangerous. It’s simply impossible for any manufacturer to have replaced all of the bad airbags in later-model cars, because the replacements don’t exist. But, the airbags aren’t dangerous yet, so that’s OK.

I think NHTSA’s reports on progress are very interesting. Their charts are here.

Because the problem does not start until they are about 7 years old.

OTA update should fix it.