The Takata Airbag recall was expanded to include two additional makes of vehicles in August. Largely under the radar, Jaguar Land Rover recalled 20,000 Jaguar XF sedans and 34,000 Range Rovers for frontal passenger airbag inflators that may rupture. Recalled vehicles cover only certain models manufactured in specific zones.
One batch of recalls includes certain 2009-11 Jaguar XF models and certain 2007-11 Land Rover Range Rovers that are currently, or have ever been, registered in “Zone A”: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. The recall also covers vehicles in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Land Rover is also recalling certain 2007-08 Range Rovers originally sold or registered in “Zone B”: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Washington D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Though no cases of ruptured airbags have been reported in the recalled vehicles, the vehicles contain Takata Airbags that have shown susceptibility to rupture in high heat or humid conditions. In the defective deployments, the ammonium nitrate used in the inflators may become unstable and cause an explosive detonation leading to metal fragments being projected into the passenger compartment.
Recall notices were sent to owners of affected vehicles in August. Vehicle owners should follow the recall instructions and get their airbags repaired as quickly as possible.
If you believe you have been injured by a defective airbag, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case.