1670 sedans included in second phase of JLR’s local Takata repairs, involving ‘beta’ driver-side inflators.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has initiated a recall for the 2016 ‘X760’ XE and ‘X260’ XF as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
As with previous Takata-related recalls, affected airbag inflators could degrade over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity over time.
If the condition occurs, the airbag propellant can degrade, and if the vehicle is involved in a collision the metal inflator housing could rupture upon deployment, sending shrapnel-like fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle’s occupants.
In the case of this latest recall from Jaguar, the fault relates to driver-side airbags, though they wear the less-dangerous ‘beta’ rating.
A total of 1679 units are included in this recall (VIN list available here) following the first phase of 4757 first-generation XF sedans called back earlier this year. Phase three, due to commence 1 January 2019, will include 2017 F-Pace, XE and XF models.
Owners are urged to contact their local dealer or JLR Australia’s website to arrange a replacement airbag, free of charge.
For more information, use the company’s VIN lookup tool, 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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