Mahwah, N.J. — September 12, 2016 — Jaguar Land Rover is taking part in yet another extension of the prolonged Takata air bag recalls. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has featured information about these recalled vehicles since May, Autoblog reported on the expansion earlier this month.
There are two sets of recalled models: the 2009-2011 Jaguar XF and the 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rover. Autoblog said that 108,000 vehicles are affected, with the full action including thousands of units. In both cases, the problem comes from the degraded air bag inflators, which could trigger a dangerous rupture and combustion. The risk is higher in dry climates, which is why these areas are the priority for the recall.
A June 1 acknowledgment document said that 20,016 Jaguar XF vehicles were affected, while the corresponding Land Rover document cited 34,334 units. The XF vehicles in this recall were manufactured between 2007 and 2011, while the Land Rover manufacture years fell from 2006 to 2011.
The Part 573 Safety Recall Reports for each of these Jaguar recalls include comments from Takata on the exact way this problem could affect drivers.
“The propellant wafers in some of the subject inflators may degrade over time, which could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event the air bag is activated. Overly aggressive combustion creates excessive internal pressure when the inflator is activated, which may cause the inflator body to rupture.”
The NHTSA also keeps a running list of recall progress by make. As of July 15, a total 9,348,948 air bag inflators have been repaired across all models. Jaguar and Land Rover were not mentioned on the completion page, and each was noted as having only a single range of vehicles involved by this time frame.