4800 SUVs added to ongoing inflator campaign, affecting models sold between 2015 and 2016.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has initiated its recall for the 2015 and 2016 Discovery Sport has part of the Takata airbag campaign, with 4806 units affected.
As with all Takata-related notices, vehicles included in this recall could be fitted with faulty inflators with propellant that degrades over time as a result of exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
If the vehicle is involved in a collision where the airbags are triggered, the metal inflator housing could rupture upon deployment, sending metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle’s occupants.
Recalled Discovery Sport models were sold from 1 January 2015 through 31 December 2016 – a VIN list is available here.
It’s worth noting this recall involves the less-dangerous (but still potentially deadly) ‘beta’ inflators.
Owners are urged to contact their local dealer to arrange the replacement of the faulty driver’s airbag, free of charge. For more information, visit the company’s website or contact 1800 312 828.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.
Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.
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