While no notice has been issued in Australia yet, some 20,000 Jaguar XF sedans and 34,000 Range Rovers are being recalled in the States over concerns the front passenger airbag inflators could rupture and shoot metal fragments when deployed.
Like similar recalls issued in Australia for Takata airbags, JLR’s statement read as follows: “Prolonged exposure to combined high heat and humidity can cause the affected inflators to degrade - at varying rates in different conditions - increasing the risk that the front passenger airbag module inflator housing may rupture and deploy abnormally in the event of a crash; potentially resulting in metal fragments striking the passenger or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death”.
The Range Rover recall only affects vehicles that are registered, or were once registered in certain regions - the majority being clustered in 'Zone A' or 'Zone B'.
Range Rovers in ‘Zone A’ have been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, while ‘Zone B’ covers vehicles registered in 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.
Other regions affected by the recall are; Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands.
Speaking to industry journal Automotive News, a spokesperson for JLR said vehicles that weren’t originally sold or registered in these areas are not subject to the recall.
Affected vehicles will be prioritised for repair in four separate phases, based on geographic zones and age.
Speaking with CarAdvice, a spokesperson for JLR Australia said that details on any potential local impact are still to be confirmed.
"There may be some more information coming through soon, but at this point I can’t add any more than that," the spokesperson said.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for updates on the JLR Takata recall in the coming weeks.