WASHINGTON — Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling 7,079 2014-'15 Jaguar F-Type convertibles to fix an incorrect wiring problem that could lead to the front-passenger airbag not activating properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The seatbelt harness assembly may be incorrectly wired, according to NHTSA's summary of the problem. This could affect the sensors that read whether the front-passenger airbag should be activated. The sensors may not detect the installation of a child seat or the presence of a person of smaller stature.
"In this case of a child seat being fitted, the occupant classification system will not disable the passenger airbag," NHTSA said. "If a small person is present in the passenger seat, the (system) will indicate that the seat is not occupied and the supplemental restraint system will not deploy if required."
It added: "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front-passenger airbag, a child or small stature occupant may be at an increased risk of injury."
Jaguar Land Rover said it has received "three field reports related to this concern." There have been no accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
The affected vehicles were built from August 31, 2012 to October 22, 2014.
Jaguar dealers will correct the harness connector wire configuration. The recall is expected to begin on January 5. Owners can contact Jaguar at 1-201-760-8534.
Edmunds says: Schedule a service appointment with your dealer once you receive your official recall notice. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.