Jaguar Land Rover Australia has added 1088 Range Rover 'L322' models to the ever-expanding Takata airbag recall.
As with all Takata-related recalls, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade over time. If a car with an affected airbag is involved in an accident, the metal inflator can rupture or explode under the pressure, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
JLR will contact the affected owners and get them to take their car to a dealership, where the airbag inflators will be replaced free of charge. Concerned owners can call 1800 312 828 for more information.
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. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.