Jaguar Land Rover North America recently announced it would recall as many as 104,000 cars. The announcement came after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published three notices that highlighted issues that could result in faulty braking and lighting.
Most of the vehicles that are being recalled are Range Rovers built between April 2005 and September 2012. On those 75,000 vehicles, the company will replace front brake hoses, which can rupture and slow down the vehicle’s braking speed, which increases the risk of a crash.
Another almost 25,000 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles will be recalled for similar problems. Those vehicles were built between 2012 and 2014, and are being recalled because of fears that the brake vacuum hoses may not have been properly fitted. Finally, about 5,000 Jaguar XK cars built between 2012 and 2015 are being recalled for problems with their sidelights – they in some cases may switch off after five minutes. The repairs are expected to begin on March 13, and will be free to the owners.
There has been a huge increase in the numbers of vehicles being recalled recently. Last year American automakers set an all-time high record for the numbers of vehicles being recalled. Although many of these recalls were for minor problems that do not involve safety, many of the recalls were related to serious safety issues, such as vehicles that powered off while they were being driven, and dangerous exploding air bags.
Auto manufacturers have a duty to make their products safe for the general public. If they fail to do so, they can be sued for liability. If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, you are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119. You can also visit our Google Plus page to learn more.