Jaguar Land Rover Australia has added the first-generation XF (model code X250, pre- and post-facelift) to the ever-growing list of cars included in the Takata airbag recall.
As with all cars included in the Takata recall, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade over time. Should that happen, the metal inflator housing can rupture when the airbag is activated in a crash, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
A total of 4757 cars are included in the recall – a VIN list is attached here.
Jaguar Land Rover will contact affected owners and tell them to get in touch with their nearest dealer for a free fix.
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.