Jaguar Land Rover to recall 44000 cars over emission issues

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 17, 2019

JLR's cars "may emit excessive levels of Carbon dioxide and may not conform with the certified condition", according to the European commission's rapid alert system.

Recalls of cars to fix safety defects happen fairly often, but full product recalls because of exhaust emissions are rare.

The recall is to be the first carbon dioxide-related recall for JLR.

The firm said it was a voluntary recall of certain 2016-2019 MY Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles fitted with two litre diesel or petrol engines.

The list of Jaguar models affected include the E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF. This is believed to involve a software update in most cases although some could require physical changes, including new tyres on the Evoque.

Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at consumer group Which?, said: "Consumers must be able to fully trust the claims of auto manufacturers, particularly after the emissions scandals of recent years".

At the same time, global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has prompted multiple governments to announce plans to ban the sale of new fossil fuel-powered cars, with the United Kingdom to do so from 2040. The UK is set to roll out their ban from 2040. "This includes vehicles that are damaging our environment".

The emissions recall comes at a hard time for the company.

A spokesperson for Jaguar Land Rover confirmed the recall to Fleet World, adding: "These vehicle specifications are no longer in production, and we will continue to invest in class-leading petrol and diesel technologies". Indeed, JLR posted a loss of $4-billion in the third quarter of the 2018-19 financial year leading to concerns the company is running out of money.

JLR also declared that it shall be contacting the owners of the affected vehicles in order to arrange free-of-charge repairs.

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