Recalls, recalls, and more recalls. Vehicle recalls are increasing in number, principally due to the increasing complexity of vehicles. Various media reports claim that vehicle recalls have skyrocketed since 2013.
Land Rover is the latest automaker to be plagued by recalls. It wasn't long ago that
28,000 Land Rover SUVsranging from model years 2020-2022 were recalled due to malfunctioning automatic locking retractors (ALRs) in the front passenger seat.
Consumer Reportsnow reports that Land Rover is recalling over 111,000 Land Rover because their fuel tanks may crack. These include both Range Rover Sport SUVs from the 2010 through 2013 model years and Land Rover LR4 SUVs from the 2010 through 2016 model years.
What to look out for
The report states that the recalled vehicles are equipped with either the 3.0-liter V6 or 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engines. When
Land Roverowners took their vehicles into the dealership, technicians discovered that the fuel outlet flange on the fuel tank had cracked.
In response, Land Rover has said that it has redesigned the fuel outlet flange and will replace the old one free of charge.
According to Consumer Reports, fuel leaks could occur once the Land Rover's fuel tank cracks. The automaker stated that you may notice fuel leaking on the ground, smell an odor of fuel, and/or see an amber warning light on your instrument cluster.
The Consumer Reports article went on to explain that "… there is the possibility that vehicle static could be an ignition source for the leaking fuel, leading to a fire."
The good news is that Land Rover says that its reimbursement plan will cover owners who have paid out of pocket to repair the defective fuel outlet flange.
How to find out if your Land Rover is affected by the recall
If you own a Land Rover Sport or a Land Rover LR4 that falls within the listed model years, you can expect to receive a letter from the automaker sometime after October 8, 2021.
However, if you would like to contact Land Rover customer service before then, you may call 800-637-6837. Simply tell the associate that you're calling about recall number N623.
You may also want to check the NHTSA website periodically to see whether your Land Rover has an open recall. It features a
new user-friendly recall lookup toolthat allows you to search through a massive database for car recalls.
Another way to check to see if your SUV has an open recall is to visit the
NHTSA's"site search" page and type in the campaign number: 21V635.
Do vehicle recalls affect your insurance?
Whether a vehicle recall has an effect on your insurance policy depends on the situation and the policy of the insured. Nevertheless, vehicle recalls shouldn't affect your auto insurance rates, generally speaking.
The reason for this is because it's the auto manufacturer that's responsible for the cost of repairs, as well as injuries and/or damage resulting from a faulty part. Once the faulty part is either repaired or replaced by the dealership, your vehicle should be safe to drive.
This means insurance companies don't have any reason to hike up your monthly premiums or cancel your policy. But it's not a bad idea to provide your vehicle insurer with documentation about your vehicle's recall, including any repairs that were made.
As the old saying goes, "It's better to be safe than sorry."
If you happen to get into a vehicle accident or your vehicle suffers damage due to the affected part, your insurance company is already aware of the recall. If need be, your insurer can assist you in settling the cost with the automaker.
Vehicle recalls aside, it's always a good idea to make sure you're getting the best deal on car insurance.
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