Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses
Whoa There! Jaguar Land Rover is set to recall some 100,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models due to brake system issues. The news comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published two separate safety issues concerning the vehicles.
The largest and most troubling recall effects 74,648 Range Rovers built between April 15, 2005 and September 4, 2012. The reports suggest the front brake hoses on these 2006 through 2012 model Range Rovers have the potential to rupture, significantly reducing the braking force to the front wheels.
A second yet similar issue is noted with both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. In this case, both vehicles have an improperly routed brake booster vacuum line that could potentially be subject to excessive wear, eventually causing the line to loose vacuum. This would cause the power assist function of the brakes to fail, dramatically increasing the effort needed to slow the SUV. Some 24,679 vehicles are affected in total. Those included in this recall include the 2013 and 2014 Range Rover built between August 16, 2012 and January 8, 2014, along with the 2014 Range Rover Sport manufactured between May 7, 2013 and January 8, 2014.
Jaguar Land Rover will begin notifying customers about the recalls starting March 13, 2015. As with all recalls, the issues will be fixed by the dealership free of charge to its customers. In the mean time, it would be a good idea for Range Rover owners to have their vehicles inspected to ensure the brake lines aren’t ready to self-destruct.
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Why it matters
It’s fairly apparent why exploding brake lines matter in terms of safety, but this recall also impacts JLR’s struggling reliability ratings. Sure, other automakers such as General Motors has had its own recall fiascos, this still comes at a bad time for the Tata-owned company. Let’s just hope Tata can continue pulling JLR upward in a positive direction – the direction things have been going since it purchased the British brands from Ford Motor Co. in 2008.
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