Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC has recalled almost 41,000 sports utility vehicles over an issue that may cause the front seat passenger air bags to not fully deploy in the event of a crash. The luxury automaker told NHTSA it is conducting a safety recall of 17,095 Land Rover LR2 vehicles and 23,539 Range Rover Evoque vehicles because a component within the electronic system that detects whether passengers are sitting in the front side passenger seat may fail, resulting in the air bag being totally or partially disabled.
Land Rover will notify owners of the issue, with its dealers updating the restraint control module free of charge. The recall was to begin on August 30. The automaker joins the ranks of Toyota Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp. as the latest company to initiate a recall over an alleged defect that affects vehicles’ air bag deployments. Based on reports, it appears Jaguar Land Rover’s recall stems from a problem within the electric component of its passenger seat detection technology. Most of the recent recalls pertain to allegedly defective ignition switches in air bags manufactured by Takata Corp.
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