Land Rover Recalls Over 65K SUVs For Door And Sunroof Issues
Starting with the door latch issue, JLR is recalling 65,352 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs because their doors can reportedly swing open while the vehicle is driving. The issue stems from the latching mechanism not fully latching the door closed, despite the door appearing to be in the closed position and the instrument cluster indicating the same. JLR spokeswoman Maria Rodriquez told Automotive News the issue is a result from a software glitch that allows the doors to become unlatched without warning.
If that weren’t frightening enough, 492 Land Rover LR4s are under recall due to the possibility of its sunroof detaching and flying off while under way. Whoa. While the sunroof flying off is the worst-case scenario, several reports have been filed claiming the adhesive that holds the sunroof in place can weaken, allowing both wind noise and water to leak into the cabin.
Thankfully only one report has been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claiming the sunroof fully detached from the LR4. What’s more, there are no reports of injuries due to the unlatched doors in the Range Rover or Range Rover Sport.
The affected Range Rovers span the 2013 through 2016 model years while the affected Land Rover LR4 models are from 2012 and 2013 model years. Owners of these models can expect to hear from JLR in the near future concerning having their vehicles serviced free of charge.
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Why it matters
It’s quite obvious why doors flying open and sunroofs jettisoning off are very, very bad and insanely unsafe. Let’s just hope Land Rover and Range Rover owners receive this news and take precautions before anyone does get hurt.
But seriously, is nobody exempt? What is with all the safety recalls this year and last? Something’s wrong here.
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Source: Automotive News