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XF-fected: The Jaguar XF is one of the many vehicles requiring a mandated replacement of Takata-branded airbags.

Skoda, Jaguar Land Rover detail models caught in mandatory airbag recall

General News logo5 Mar 2018

By ROBBIE WALLIS

PART of the government’s compulsory Takata airbag recall last week that encompasses 2.7 million vehicles on Australian roads, Skoda and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have detailed which of their models will be swept up in the call backs.

Following on from parent company Volkswagen’s announcement, Skoda has revealed 17,633 vehicles will require driver-side airbag replacements.

Making up the bulk of the recall will be the 2013 Octavia mid-sizer with 8534 units affected, while the two next most common models are the 2014-15 Fabia light car numbering 2657, and the 2010 Yeti small SUV with 2262 in need of repair.

Other models requiring a recall include the 2016 Superb (2125), the 2013 Rapid (1607), the 2017 Kodiaq SUV (447), and a single example of the oddball Roomster from 2013.

As with the Volkswagen models, no affected vehicles contain the ‘alpha’ airbags that are particularly prone to shooting shrapnel into the cabin upon deployment and, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), should not be driven.

Skoda Australia will post the vehicle identification numbers of affected models on their website.

Meanwhile, JLR has announced that approximately 17,500 vehicles across both brands require repair work, although have yet to detail how many examples of each model are affected.

From the Jaguar stable, the XE medium sedan from 2016-17, the XF large sedan from 2009-17, and some versions of the F-Pace SUV from 2017 are being called back.

Land Rover models caught in the recall include 2007-2012 examples of the Range Rover Vogue, and the Discovery Sport from 2015-2017.

As with other manufacturers announced as part of the mandatory recall, no JLR vehicles contain ‘alpha’ airbags, and the car-maker is currently working through a recall strategy which will be detailed in coming weeks.

The government has legislated that all Takata-related repairs need to be completed by the end of 2020.

GoAuto has contacted other manufacturers involved in the recall for the number and type of affected vehicles.

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