Tesla Model X gets over-the-air recall update

Monday, June 12, 2017


Tesla has just issued the smoothest, least disruptive vehicle “recall” ever.


The car giant announced plans to distribute a wireless over-the-air update for all right-hand-drive Model X SUVs in order to fix a potential airbag fault that was discovered during a routine internal test this week.


The software update is in place of a traditional recall that would have required owners to bring their cars into their local dealership to have the maintenance carried out. 


Around 2,600 examples of the Model X were recalled in April 2016 for a fault in the rearmost seats of the car. It’s not known how many examples are affected in the right-hand drive passenger airbag issue.


A Tesla spokesperson told Auto Express: “We are sending the fix in an over-the-air update to all affected cars with no need to bring a vehicle into a service centre. This means owners can download it on their driveway or in their garage, for example.


“Tesla vehicles regularly receive over-the-air software updates that add new features and functionality. This also means Tesla has the ability to fix certain issues over-the-air too.”


The only inconvenience being that Tesla recommends “that the front passenger seat of your vehicle not be occupied until the software update is installed.”


While not being able to drive anyone in the passenger seat for a few days can be a nuisance, it’s definitely better than having to bring your car to tesla and wait for a fix. 


Tesla claims that no customer car has had an issue with the problem, and that the recall is precautionary.


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