Airbags are an essential safety feature of any vehicle. If they are malfunctioning or have failed, you risk serious injury or even death during a crash. Some models of Land Rovers have been recalled because the airbags are faulty. That being said, you need to ensure that your Land Rover’s airbags are working properly as soon as possible. We will address how airbags work, which models of Land Rover have been recalled and why, and where you can have the problem fixed.
How Do Airbags Work?
Knowing how airbags function may help you better understand where they go wrong later on.
When your car crashes, your accelerometer measures how fast your speed is decreasing. If it finds that you have slowed down much too fast for your brakes to handle, it sends a signal to your airbag circuit to start a chain reaction. The circuit sends electricity to a heating element which in turn heats up a mix of chemicals until it creates a small explosion. The gases resulting from the explosion fill up the bags and quickly deploy them to save your body from hitting the wheel or going through the windshield.
Which Models of Land Rovers Have Been Recalled Due to Airbag Malfunction?
Range Rovers manufactured in the years 2013 and 2014 are the ones that have been recalled due to airbag malfunctions. One of the connectors in the system is susceptible to disconnecting, keeping your vehicle from deploying its side airbags. You paid extra money for extra safety features, so you deserve to have them working in proper order, right?
Some 4,000 vehicles have been suspected to have these issues, so if your Range Rover fits the description, you need to look further into this issue.
How Can You Tell if Your Airbags are Malfunctioning?
The simplest and most obvious way to tell that your airbags are not working is that your “check airbag” light will come on. This is more than likely not a false alarm. There are a few different reasons why airbags will malfunction, and each is worth fixing before the system fails entirely.
- Your airbag sensor could be faulty, and it needs to be replaced before an emergency occurs.
- The wiring is bad, affecting how fast (if at all) the airbags will deploy. The wires could keep the chemical reaction from happening, flattening the bags instead of filling them for cushion and safety.
- Your clock spring could wear out over time. While this is normal, it is still a dangerous problem to have. The clock spring allows you to turn your wheel and have your electrical current connected to the airbag stored in the wheel itself. A broken spring is even more problematic because it controls your horn and other electrical features as well.
If any of these issues are occurring, you need to know where to have them fixed before you do get injured during a crash and do not have a safety net there to protect you. Not every mechanic is qualified to work on vehicles like Land Rovers; you need a specialist without paying an arm and a leg who will get the job done the first time.
Where to Fix Your Land Rover’s Malfunctioning Airbags
Many mechanics and auto shops are entirely unqualified to work on your Land Rover, and they may not get your airbags fixed properly initially. Land Rover is a European vehicle, meaning it sometimes requires some specialized knowledge when undertaking maintenance or repairs to ensure they’re done correctly. This is especially important when dealing with something as vital to your and your passengers’ safety as the airbag.
That is why you should (carefully) make your way over to European Motors. Our team is sure to have you satisfied and safe, saving you all the worry and the money that you might have wasted elsewhere without actually fixing the problem. We specialize in European and luxury cars like yours, and we’re dedicated to providing quality customer service. Give us a try and we guarantee that you will be coming to us in the future for all of your maintenance and service needs. You are in great hands when you come to European Motors!