Jaguar Land Rover Announces Takata Airbag Recalls
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has joined the long and growing list of automakers recalling vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators.
54,000 Vehicles Recalled by Jaguar Land Rover
According to CNET, the newly announced recalls cover a total of 54,000 JLR vehicles. Among those currently are:
- 2007-2011 Land rover Rang Rover SUV
- 2009-2011 Jaguar XF sedan
However, recalls will not end there. In fact, this is the first of four waves or recalls to be announced by JLR. The total number of recalled JLR vehicles will eventually include more than 100,000 vehicles.
About the Defective Takata Airbag Inflators
According to recall documents, the Takata airbags’ inflators can deploy with excess force, causing the airbags to rupture and eject sharp, metal shrapnel throughout vehicle cabins. Currently, more than 11 deaths and over one-hundred injuries are linked to the defect.
The propellant used in the inflators, which includes ammonium nitrate, is the root of the issue. Additionally, moister and heat can exacerbate the problem.
Automakers are struggling to complete recall repairs due to limited replacement parts.