Land Rover Recalls 40,551 Vehicles for Airbag Defect
Jaguar Land Rover has announced a voluntary recall of 40,551 Land Rover sport utility vehicles due to a part failure that could prevent the front passenger side airbag from deploying in the event of a collision.
Details of the Land Rover Recall
According to Reuters, the Tata Motors subsidiary will be recalling certain 2010-2015 LR2 luxury compact SUVs and 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque SUVs . Jaguar Land Rover has determined that the occupant classification system electron control may fail in affected vehicles, partially or completely disabling the passenger airbag.
Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that the recall will begin August 30. Consumers will be instructed to take their vehicles to area dealers who will update the restraint control module software.
Specific numbers for the recall are:
- 17,066 LR2 vehicles
- 23,485 Range Rover Evoque vehicles
All affected units were sold in the United States.
Airbag Safety Information
While there are still roughly 30,000 traffic related deaths in the U.S. every year, NHTSA notes that annual fatality rates have been on the decline over the past few years due to improvements in motor vehicle safety equipment.
Federal regulators determined that airbags and seatbelts saved at least 14,000 lives in 2012. Unfortunately, these systems can fail.
Between 2001 and 2006, NHTSA recorded 576 deaths linked to crashes in which frontal airbags failed to deploy – it was determined that 360 of those victims would have benefited from airbag protection.
The leading causes of airbag failure include:
- Faulty wiring
- Failure to replace used airbags
- Sensor failure
- Loss of power prior to collision
- Manufacturing defects
- Vehicle defects