MAHWAH, New Jersey — Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 54,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2009-'11 Jaguar XF sedan and 2007-'11 Land Rover Range Rover SUV, in a new round of Takata airbag recalls.
The affected vehicles have front-passenger airbag inflators that can deploy with too much force, shooting metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Jaguar Land Rover said additional phases of the recall will be added through 2019 "based on risk-assessed priority."
In the first phase of the recall, vehicles that are currently, or have ever been, registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, are affected.
The recall also covers vehicles in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"Prolonged exposure to combined high heat and humidity can cause the affected inflators to degrade — at varying rates in different conditions — increasing the risk that the front-passenger airbag module inflator housing may rupture and deploy abnormally in the event of a crash," Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement.
Interim owner notifications were sent on July 31, according to the NHTSA. Jaguar Land Rover said replacement parts are not immediately available.
Recalled vehicles will be prioritized for repair and split into four separate phases, based on geographic zone and age.
Owners can contact the Jaguar Land Rover North America customer service center at 1-800-637-6837.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should stay in close contact with their Jaguar or Land Rover dealer for further updates on parts availability.