The purpose of a vehicle’s airbag system is to make drivers and passengers in the vehicle safer in case of a crash. Unfortunately, this year there’ve been a number of incidents in which vehicles had to be recalled because the airbags that vehicle owners and passengers rely on to keep them safe have turned out to be faulty. Just last month, BMW recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide , and the month before that, Toyota recalls 2.2 million of its vehicles for the same problem, in which a defective airbag inflator could actually cause the airbags to explode, resulting in shrapnel flying through the cabin.
Now, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover, which is currently being owned and run by India-based Tata Motors, has issued a voluntary recall of 40,551 Land Rover SUVs in the United States, because of another problem with an airbag.
This particular problem is not related to the exploding airbag problem, but it is still troublesome. In this case, the front passenger airbags may fail to deploy because of a part failure in the occupant classification system electronic control unit, which controls which airbags should deploy, based on where passengers are seated . That failure could result in the system failing to recognize that a person is sitting in the passenger seat and sending the wrong signal, which could shut down the system for that particular airbag, resulting in non-deployment in a crash.
This particular recall includes two Land Rover models; 17,066 LR2s from model years 2010 through 2015, and 23,485 Range Rover Evoques from model years 2012 and 2013. According to Jaguar Land Rover, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem so far.
According to the company, the owners of these affected vehicles will be contacted by their dealers getting August 30, and a software update will be applied that will fix the problem.
If you own one of these vehicles, please follow the instructions for the recall very carefully, and make sure your airbags are repaired as soon as possible. And if you or a loved one are in an accident, and you believe a defect in the airbag system may have resulted in unnecessary injury or death, please contact the Automotive Defect Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible for a free consultation, so that we can help you protect your rights under the law.