1263 electric sedans fitted with potentially-faulty inflators.

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.

Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity.

If the condition occurs and the vehicle is involved in an accident that triggers the airbag, the metal inflator housing could rupture, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.

This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.

Affected Model S units were sold from 1 January 2014 through 31 December 2016 – the VIN list is available here.

Owners should contact their local Tesla dealership, or the company directly through its website.

For more information, contact 1800 646 952, or use Tesla's VIN look-up tool.


The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.

Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.

In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.

According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.


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