The defective retractors make it difficult to safely install a child car seat in the front seat, although children are not recommended to sit in the front seat of a car in any circumstances, according to the
CDC. The seatbelts in the rear of the car, where children are recommended to sit, were not involved in the car recall.
What caused the car recall?
The malfunctioning part that caused the recall were the automatic locking retractors (ALRs) in the front passenger seat. ALRs allow child car seats to be secure when they’re locked into a seat. Since a car seat needs a tight seat belt to be put in place, a faulty ALR could cause it to slide out of place and put the child in danger.
Currently, there have been no warranty claims, accidents, or injuries reported due to the defect, according to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports. Defective ALRs and similar problems have also been found in BMWs, Audis, Fords, Nissans, and other car brands, because all impacted car brands use the same supplier for ALRs, Autoliv.
Jaguar and Land Rover models involved
There were 9,000 Jaguar Sedans and SUVs and 28,000 Land Rover SUVs involved in the recall ranging from make years 2020-2022, according to
Consumer Reports. The impacted models are:
- 2021 and 2022 Jaguar F-Type
- 2020 to 2021 Jaguar F-Pace
- 2021 Jaguar XF
- 2020 to 2022 Land Rover Discovery
- 2020 to 2022 Land Rover Defender
- 2020 and 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
- 2021 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
- 2020 and 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
How to check if your vehicle is involved
Both Jaguar and Land Rover expect to begin notifying vehicle owners of the impacted models starting Octo/22, via mail.
If you want to proactively check if you’re impacted and schedule your vehicle inspection and maintenance you can:
- Call Jaguar customer service at 800-452-4827.
- Call Land Rover customer service at 800-637-6837.
- Visit theNHTSA websiteand type in your vehicle identification number (VIN). Once your number is entered, you can see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle. Make sure to check this page regularly!
- Visit the NHTSA website and search for the recalls by campaign numbers. Jaguar’s recall ID is 21V668 and their internal number is H378. Land Rover’s recall ID is 21V668 and their internal number is N630.
To fix the issue, Jaguar and Land Rover dealers will inspect and replace all faulty ALRs at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Car recalls are fairly common
MotorTrend, the NHTSA reports there are tens of millions of car recalls in the U.S. every year.
Many recall decisions are made in-house by the manufacturer without the need for government intervention. But if a recall is deemed necessary, the manufacturer must report it to the NHTSA.
If you have a recall on your vehicle, don’t wait. Get it fixed as soon as possible—for your own
safety, and to keep other drivers and passengers safe.