Illinois owners of the Range Rover SUV from Land Rover may have heard that the automaker was recalling some of its vehicles because of a possible malfunction of its airbags. The problem was reportedly that connectors on 3,912 Range Rovers may come loose, which would keep the side airbags from inflating correctly in an auto accident. The recall concerned only those SUVs from the 2013 and 2014 model years.
In the vehicles covered by the recall, the automaker said that a lack of sufficient clearance in the housing of the Supplemental Restraint System connectors in the driver and front passenger seats could possibly cause the devices to become disconnected. If the disconnections occurred and kept the side airbags from deploying in a crash, occupants of those front seats could be exposed to a greater risk of injury.
Owners of the affected Range Rovers were going to be notified when they should go to their local dealers to have the problem corrected. Land Rover officials said that at no cost to vehicle owners, dealers would modify the clearance area around the SRS connectors in order to prevent the devices from become detached.
The automaker announced in February 2013 that the SUVs for that model year, which were priced at $80,000 or more, would be sold out in the U.S. for six months to a year. The magazine Automotive News reported at that time that the shortages were not expected to keep sales of the 2013 Range Rover from exceeding their 2012 total for the previous model year.
A fatal car accident due to malfunctioning equipment can devastate entire families. Compensation for damages such as pain and suffering and funeral expenses may be sought in court after the loss of a loved one.
Source: New York Daily News, "Sold Out! 2013 Range Rover unavailable after only weeks on the market, sells best in New York City," February 12, 2013
Source: Motor Authority, "2013-2014 Land Rover Range Rover Recalled Due To Airbag Issue", Viknesh Vijayenthiran, December 03, 2013