Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will recall approximately 17,000 vehicles sold in Australia, as the British company joins the global epidemic that is the Takata airbag recall.
To this point there have been more than 3.3 million cars affected by Takata recalls in Australia alone, and the potentially deadly faulty airbags have been responsible for the death of one driver in Australia, and 18 other deaths around the world.
CarAdvice has contacted Jaguar Land Rover Australia to ascertain which models, and from which years, are affected by this recall. The company has stated that "while discussions with the ACCC are yet to take place, Jaguar Land Rover’s preferred approach is to prioritise repair by recalling the oldest vehicles first", and that "Jaguar Land Rover intends to release further details about the recall once discussions with the ACCC have been concluded".
"We would rather err on the side of caution and recall vehicles for air bag replacement despite no reports of failed airbags in any of our vehicles anywhere in the world. Customer safety comes first," a company spokesperson said. "We want to ensure our recall takes place as quickly as possible and with the least amount of inconvenience or anxiety for customers, based on replacement airbag availability and dealer capacity."
While 12 manufacturers have already issued recall notices for around 2.5 million vehicles in Australia, the government wants further action to be taken.
Owners who think their vehicle could be affected should check to see if their unit’s make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN) are listed on the Product Safety Australia website.
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