Jaguar Land Rover is recalling nearly 62,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a software glitch that could prevent a key airbag from deploying during an accident.
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The glitch resides in the code of the Occupant Classification System -- the device that determines whether or not an adult passenger is sitting in the front passenger seat. In select Land Rover vehicles, that software may mistakenly believe that the seat is empty when it is, in fact, occupied. Should that happen, the front passenger airbag would be disabled, preventing it from deploying during a collision and increasing the risk of injury to the passenger.
(N.B. Sound familiar? It should: late-model LR2 and Range Rover Evoque vehicles were recalled last summer for the very same problem.)
The recall affects the following models and build dates:
- 2013-2015 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles built between August 23, 2012 and February 5, 2015
- 2014-2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport vehicles built between June 16, 2013 and February 5, 2015
The automaker estimates that the recall affects 61,793 vehicles registered in the U.S.
Jaguar Land Rover says that it will mail recall notices to owners no later than April 17, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Land Rover dealer, who will upgrade the Occupant Classification System software at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of the vehicles listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Land Rover customer service at 800-637-6837 and inquire about recall #P059. Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V093000.