Recently, a number of Jaguar Land Rover models have been recalled for defective air bag deployment while even more have been recalled for malfunctioning hose clamps.
Malfunction Hose Clamps
In North America, 2013 XF 2.0L GTDi models of the Jaguar Land Rover were recalled for malfunctioning hose clamps. The malfunctioning hose clamp is an integral component of the charge air coolers or inter cooler that regulates the temperature in certain parts of the engine.
This recall was issued when it was discovered that some hose clamps could detach from the system that controls the steering and braking of the vehicle. This could result in problems with vehicle control, increasing the risk of crashes. Detached hose clamps may also lead to a stalled vehicle.
Air Bag Defects
In 2010, Jaguar Land Rover recalled over 4,000 Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles because of air bag defects. The defective air bags in the front passenger seat were cited not to deploy when needed. Additionally, the defect may cause an erroneous illumination in the instrument panel. When this occurs, the air bag becomes disabled and the air bag warning disable lamp also becomes illuminated in the overhead console.
To fix this issue the company will update the software that controls deployment of the passenger side air bag. In the event of an accident, defective air bags can fail to prevent injuries and passengers may sustain a wide range of injuries including damage to the head, face and spinal cord.
What needs to Happen
While the air bag deployment problem requires a software update and change, the defective hose clamp can only be fixed by strengthening the clamp mechanism. The manufacturer has notified owners and have requested the assistance of dealers in making the appropriate fixes to affected vehicles.