2021-2022 Tesla Model S Side Curtain Air Bag May Not Deploy Properly

On 2022-03-11 10:39:59

A small number of 2021 & 2022 Tesla Model S electric vehicles may have been manufactured with incorrectly assembles side curtain airbags that could improperly deploy and increase the chance of injury to occupants. Owners will be asked to return to their dealerships for repairs.


In February 2022, Tesla's airbag supplier contacted them about a potential problem with certain side curtain airbag assemblies. The supplier's records showed that the weight values of nine airbags were not within the specified value range. Additional weight suggested that an extra spacer plate component may have been installed. Tesla reviewed the supplier’s findings, including the condition’s potential impact on airbag performance, and identified the population of vehicles that could be impacted by the condition. Tesla is not aware of any warranty claims, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to this condition, and has decided to issue a safety recall.


According to the manufacturers' records, nine side curtain airbag assemblies may have been manufactured with an extra spacer plate component that could affect the performance of the airbags. A delayed or improper deployment of the side curtain airbag in a collision could increase the risk of occupant injury.


Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to their Tesla Service Centers to have the side curtain airbags replaced. The replacement airbags will be assembled with an inflator with the correct
number of components that meet manufacturer specifications. Tesla's number for this recall is SB-22-20-001 and the NHTSA campaign number is 22V-104.


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