Jaguar Land Rover has issued two recalls for its popular Ranger Rover SUV -- recalls that affect more than 100,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. Though the recalls are unrelated, both involve problems with the model's braking system.
RECALL #1: 2006-2012 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER
UNITS AFFECTED: 74,648
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one or both of the Range Rover's front brake hoses can rip, causing the loss of brake fluid. Should that happen, the vehicles could require longer-than-usual stopping distances, increasing the risk of an accident. The hoses were manufactured by Caparo AP Braking, located in the U.K.
The recall affects Range Rover models built between April 15, 2005 and September 4, 2012. Land Rover says that it will mail recall notices to owners no later than March 13, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners can take their SUVs to a Land Rover dealer, who will replace both the left and right front brake hose at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles and have additional questions, you're encouraged to call Land Rover customer service at 800-637-6837 and ask about recall #P054. Alternately, you can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #15V039000.
RECALL #2: 2013-2014 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER, 2014 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT
UNITS AFFECTED: 24,679
NHTSA reports that these Range Rover models may also have problems with hoses associated with the braking system -- in this case, though, it's the braking vacuum hose that's the issue. NHTSA says that the hose "may have been incorrectly routed allowing a hole to be worn ito [sic] it".
In a letter sent to dealerships, Land Rover notes that:
"Incorrect routing of the brake vacuum hose can lead to a chafing condition, eventual rupture of the hose, and complete loss of vacuum assistance in the braking system. This condition will result in hard feel to the brake pedal. Vehicle braking distance may be increased, potentially causing a vehicle crash."
The recall is limited to 2013-2014 Land Rover Range Rover models built between August 16, 2012 and January 8, 2014, and to 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport models built between May 7, 2013 and January 8, 2014.
As with the recall above, Land Rover says that it will mail recall notices to owners no later than March 13. After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to Land Rover dealers, who will inspect the brake vacuum hose and reroute it or replace it, if necessary. The fix will be carried out at no cost to owners.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're asked to call Land Rover customer service at 800-637-6837 and ask about recall #P052. If you prefer, you can can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V042000.