Shortly after Audi recalled a host of A3 and S3 models due to a seat belt pretensioner issue, Jaguar Land Rover has issued a recall for various models, also because of a seat belt pretensioner problem.
The British car manufacturer commenced an investigation into a potential issue on May 25, 2022 when it was informed by supplier Autoliv that a defect had been identified during their manufacturing process, causing damage to a small number of front seat belt pretensioner tubes.
A damaged front seat belt pretensioner tube could prevent the pretensioners from correctly operating by not pre-tensioning the seat belt in an accident. This could result in a reduced level or complete loss of pre-tensioning in the event of a crash and increases the risk of occupant injury.
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The recall impacts a total of 4,927 vehicles, all from the 2022-2023 model years and all produced between December 22, 2021 and March 29, 2022. These consist of the Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, and Range Rover Velar, all built at the car manufacturer’s Halewood, Nitra and Solihull assembly plants.
Jaguar Land Rover will inform dealerships of the recall on August 4, 2022, while owners of impacted vehicles will be alerted on or before September 16. Owners will be instructed to take their vehicle to an approved Jaguar Land Rover repairer where a technician will inspect the seat belt pretensioner tubes and if damage is identified, the front seat belt assemblies will be replaced free of charge.