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Jaguar Land Rover recalls 17,000 vehicles over airbag fears

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Jaguar Land Rover Australia will recall about 17,000 Australian vehicles for airbag replacement as a precautionary safety measure.

The company said the decision was made despite no reports of failed airbags in any of its vehicles around the world.

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling vehicles to replace airbags as a precautionary safety measure. Jaguar Land Rover is recalling vehicles to replace airbags as a precautionary safety measure. Photo: Supplied

“We would rather err on the side of caution and recall vehicles for airbag replacement despite no reports of failed airbags in any of our vehicles anywhere in the world,” a Jaguar Land Rover spokesman said. “Customer safety comes first.”

The company said it would work closely with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which is urging drivers to check online whether their motor vehicles have been recalled in order to replace faulty Takata airbags.

Jaguar Land Rover is recalling vehicles to replace airbags as a precautionary safety measure Jaguar Land Rover is recalling vehicles to replace airbags as a precautionary safety measure Photo: Supplied

The Jaguar spokesman said the ACCC was consulting the industry about a proposed government recall notice for cars with Takata airbags.

“Jaguar Land Rover has not identified safety risks directly affecting its vehicles in Australia and so its vehicles are not currently listed on the ACCC website for vehicles voluntarily recalled to date,” the spokesman said.

“However, because of concerns identified by the ACCC about certain Takata airbags, we would prefer to err on the side of caution.

“We want to ensure our recall takes place as quickly as possible and with the least amount of inconvenience or anxiety for customers, based on replacement airbag availability and dealer capacity.”

Jaguar Land Rover said it planned to prioritise repair by recalling the oldest vehicles first.

The company will release further details about the recall after discussions with the ACCC.

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