Range Rover sport utility vehicle drivers will want to check if their cars are being recalled before they get back behind the wheel.
Land Rover, the automaker behind the SUVs, is calling back nearly 13,000 vehicles over a defect that could cause tail lights to fail. The company recently told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that wiring damage is to blame.
“The rear lamp mounted in the body could partially or permanently fail to operate as a result of damage to the rear tail lamp link lead wiring caused by a foam block located adjacent to the lamp on the interior of the body shell,” Land Rover said in a defect notice filed with NHTSA.
Malfunctioning tail lights are a recipe for disaster.
“Failure of the rear lamp mounted in the body may result in one or more of the light sources not working which in darkness means the vehicle may not be clearly seen from the rear and therefore increases the risk of a crash,” the company added.
The recall covers certain 2022 and 2023 Range Rover SUVs, which were built between July 2021 and November 2022.
Land Rover plans to notify owners of recalled vehicles by the end of July, the company told NHTSA. It is asking owners to bring their SUVs to local dealers for inspection and repair.
“Vehicles will have the foam block mounted in the bodyshell removed,” the automaker said in the defect notice. “The rear lamp mounted in the body and rear tail lamp link lead wiring will be checked for their condition. Where the lamp and wiring are qualified OK no further remedy is required. Where the lamp or wiring are qualified Not OK, the lamp will be replaced.”
Car Defects Pose Serious Safety Risks
This is not Land Rover’s first rodeo when it comes to recalling vehicles over defects that pose significant risks for drivers, passengers and everyone else on the road.
In April, for example, the company recalled roughly 500 SUVs whose second-row seat frames were not properly welded. Land Rover acknowledged that the defect increased the risk of injuries in the event of a crash.
Fortunately, Land Rover and other car owners in California do not need to wait for a recall in order to have defective vehicles fixed.
The California lemon law requires automakers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while the cars are under warranty. It also forces those companies to buy back or replace cars that they cannot or simply refuse to fix properly.
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If you are locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over a malfunctioning or defective vehicle, a Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
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