Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata has been at the root of several manufacturers’ recalls, ranging from Toyota to BMW. And now Land Rover has joined the list of models at risk of failure.
Unlike the previous Takata defects, which were known to cause airbags to inflate at any time without being triggered by the vehicle’s collision sensors, this new issue centers on concerns over the front passenger occupant detection system. The software may not detect lighter passengers, leaving their airbags inactive.
The models in question are current-generation Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports produced between 2012 and 2015. Jaguar Land Rover North America will be contacting owners of affected vehicles. In total, nearly 62,000 vehicles are subject to the recall.
Company communications director Stuart Schorr issued a statement saying, “Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out.”
Owners of these models can contact their dealers. There is also information on the ongoing Takata recall on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website, though it hasn’t yet been updated to reflect the Range Rover models as of this writing.