Jaguar Land Rover North America has begun mailing notifications to owners of certain 2009-11 Jaguar XF and 2007-11 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles that their vehicles are affected by the ongoing Takata airbag recall.
For the first phase of this recall, which includes about half of the 108,000 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles affected, vehicle owners who are or have ever been registered in the following areas are encouraged to visit www.SaferCar.gov and enter their vehicle identification number to find out if their vehicle is included in this recall at this time:
—U.S. States: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas
—U.S. Territories: Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) and the U.S. Virgin Islands
As parts become available later this year, affected owners will be notified by a second mailing and instructed to schedule an appointment to take their vehicle to a Jaguar or Land Rover retailer who will replace the front passenger airbag module at no charge.
In the meantime, owners of potentially affected vehicles may contact the Jaguar Land Rover North America Customer Relationship Center for further information by calling (800) 637-6837 (Option 9 for Land Rover) or 1-800-4JAGUAR; visiting www.LandRoverUSA.com or www.JaguarUSA.com; or writing to:
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC
ATTN: Customer Relationship Center
555 MacArthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ 07430
Given the scope of the recall, replacement parts are not immediately available for the affected vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover said it is working closely with its suppliers to produce components for this repair as quickly as possible.
Affected vehicles are being prioritized for repair — split into four separate phases — based on geographic zone and vehicle age. Priority is being given to areas with high humidity.
Additional phases of this recall will be added through 2019 based on risk-assessed priority. Notifications will continues as the recall is expanded to other geographic zones or vehicle age groups.
This recall is part of the May 4 expansion of the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history, affecting roughly 68 million cars and trucks on the road that are fitted with Takata non-desiccated ammonium nitrate airbag inflators.
Additional remaining affected vehicles will be addressed at a later date, as per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) specific priority scheme. It may be noted that no current model-year Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles are affected.
At issue in the recall are Takata airbag inflators that don’t contain a drying agent (i.e. a desiccant). Prolonged exposure to combined high heat and humidity can cause the affected inflators to degrade, 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. In the U.S., 10 deaths have been linked to these faulty airbags.