Jaguar Land Rover, which was previously unaffected by the Takata airbag recall, has now announced it will mail out recall notifications to the owners of about 50,000 cars in the U.S. equipped with the faulty airbags. According to a report on CNET.com, Jaguar Land Rover has recalled 54,000 cars covering the 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rover SUV and the 2009-2011 Jaguar XF sedan. This is the first of four waves of recalls that will eventually cover 100,000 vehicles. These “waves” are apparently necessary because the automaker does not have the parts required to fix all of the affected vehicles at the same time, which could lead to serious accidents creating more Takata airbag recall lawsuits.
What is the Problem with Takata Airbags?
The issue with Takata airbags lies in the inflators. These small devices are supposed to inflate the airbag. But after being exposed to high humidity for long periods of time, the parts can malfunction. When that happens, the inflator may explode causing metal fragments to shoot out into the vehicle compartment. These airbag inflators have caused at least 10 fatalities in the U.S. and dozens of injuries. The defective inflators could become even more dangerous and likely to fail in areas where there is high heat and humidity.
What to Do if Your Vehicle is Part of the Recall
You could find out if your vehicle has been recalled by visiting the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website at safercar.gov. Enter your vehicle identification number of VIN to see if your car is included in this or any other recall. The VIN can be found on your registration or on a plate on the dashboard, which is visible through the windshield of most cars.
If your car is part of the recall, contact a dealership that sells your model of car to get the airbag replaced. Any dealership that handles the brand of vehicle should be able to help you. Remember, it could take a while for the repair to be made. The replacement parts may not be available right away. Those in states with high humidity are getting higher priority. When the replacement parts are available, the airbags will be replaced at no cost to the owner, even if your car is no longer under warranty. Safety experts say disabling your airbags is a bad idea because airbags do save lives.
Can You Be Safe When You Drive These Cars?
Experts say that the closer someone is to an airbag when it goes off, the higher the risk. So shorter drivers who have shorter arms are more at risk than taller drivers. Safety experts say that if a family has only one car with one of these airbags, the taller person should drive. If a family has two cars, the taller driver should regularly drive the car with the recalled airbag, experts advise.
Contact a Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of the defective airbag you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced Takata airbag lawyer, can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our law firm is working with some of the more experienced defective airbag lawyers in the country, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf and there are no fees unless you get a settlement or award. Please contact us toll free for a free (no obligation) case evaluation at 1-800-992-6878 or online with a contact form.