One way to negate all of your vehicle’s safety credentials is for its doors to have a chance of suddenly flying open at speed. That’s the problem with some 65,352 MY 2013-2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport which are being recalled.
A much smaller number of vehicles (492 LR4s from the 2012 and 2013 MY) also suffer another fault, this time related to the sunroof; it too can fly open while on the move. Apparently, according to one specific owner, the sunroof actually detached completely!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (or NHTSA) has therefor ordered all of the 65,844 vehicles to be called back in for inspection.
In regards to the sunroof problem, the issue could either stem from the supplier or due the bonding agent used to glue it to the body.
This recall comes not long after a possibly even more serious one involving over 104,000 vehicles sold in the US. It had to do with braking and lighting which could potentially malfunction.
Correction: We received a statement from Brose Schließsysteme saying the company does not manufacture any of the recalled components and has been completely cleared:
“Brose does not manufacture any of the sunroof components. Please also note that Brose was cleared last week of any responsibility in the door recall issue. The keyless entry software is NOT designed by Brose. A statement was issued by JLR to clarify it.”
JLR also sent a statement to TCC that reads:
“In some of these news articles it is stated that the affected product is designed and/or produced by Brose Schließsysteme. This statement is mis-leading. The software, specified by JLR, is being updated in the keyless vehicle system module. There will be no replacement of latches supplied by Brose.”
Note: Land Rover Discovery Sport sunroof pictured in opening shot