If you've been following the automotive industry at all in the past year, the story of Takata's complete collapse in the face of millions and millions of airbag recalls has been a big story — and now Tesla is a part of it. Takata has added 35-40 million more airbags to their list of recalls, bringing Jaguar, Tesla, and Land Rover into the mess.
Takata's airbags were recalled after it was discovered that normal fluctuations in temperature and moisture inside a car led to degradation of the airbag's inflator propellant, leading to it burning too quickly on deployment and shooting molten shrapnel through the airbag and into the car's occupants. The faulty airbags have been linked to 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries.
As for Tesla, the latest round of recalls addresses airbags that aren't quite that dangerous, but still pose enough of a risk that Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration want to get them off the streets. As such, you can expect the recall for these airbags to be staged to run from now until the end of 2019 with riskier airbags getting recalled first. Tesla, for their part, has no immediate plans for a recall of the Model S or Model X, and is working with the NTHSA to determine if such a recall will be necessary.