Jaguar Land Rover issued a recall for 54,000 cars in the United States to fix faulty Takata airbags that have killed over 10 people and injured more than 100 nationwide. The luxury carmaker is the latest to join a series of recalls that have been ongoing for months. Millions of Takata airbags have already been recalled worldwide due to the design flaw. More vehicles are being added to the list every month.
Jaguar Land Rover announced it sent recall notifications for certain 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles and 2009-2011 Jaguar XF sedans. The recall is the first of four waves that will cover over 100,000 vehicles with defective airbags. The company has launched the recall in phases depending on location because it does not have the parts needed to repair all the affected cars at the same time.
The first phase of the recall is targeting mainly warm-weather states including Florida, Alabama, California, Louisiana and Texas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said airbag explosion risks are the greatest in hot areas with high humidity. The defective Takata airbag contains an inflator that is more likely to degrade when it is exposed to humid conditions over time. When that happens, the inflator may explode and shower the car’s passengers with shrapnel that can cause serious injuries or even death.
A number of automakers are still selling vehicles with the faulty airbag inflators despite the recall. The potentially hazardous cars and SUVs are manufactured by Daimler, Ferrari, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen. The parts are considered dangerous only after extended exposure to humidity, so 2016 or 2017 models with Takata inflators are still legal to sell. They will be recalled at a later stage.