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Californian electric vehicle maverick Tesla will be issuing an over-the-air software update for its Model X SUV, to address an issue they detected during testing that could put at risk front-seat passengers in right-hand drive models.
In place of a recall, the software update will deal with the problem that has so far not affected any Model X customers worldwide, suggesting that the update is not only proactive but also precautionary. While Tesla is also affected by the global Takata airbag recall, that is not in any way related to the software update being rolled out this week.
An email sent out to affected Model X customers this morning read as follows:
“Although we’re not aware of a single customer car that has had an issue with it, there was an anomaly with the passenger airbag in a right-hand-drive Model X that was part of a routine internal test this week. After reviewing the results of this test, we were able to isolate the anomaly to the software controlling the passenger airbags in right-hand-drive Model X cars only, and we are already developing an over-the-air software update that fixes it. We will be deploying that update to all affected cars this weekend." - Tesla
Tesla has warned that customers should refrain from using the front passengers’ seat until the software update has been installed. Owners will be contacted via email with instructions of what needs to be done, and it’s been clarified that the update affects only right-hand drive markets for the brand, like Singapore, the UK, Japan, New Zealand, Macau, and Australia.