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Recall Roundup: Jaguar Land Rover Issues Multiple Recalls; Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz One Each

By: Jeff Youngs, 4/30/2014
Jaguar Land Rover issued four separate recalls during the past week, affecting various 2013 and 2014 vehicles. Additionally, Chrysler has issued a recall of some Ram 1500 pickup trucks, and Mercedes-Benz is recalling various 2014 vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by manufacturer.


2013-2014 Jaguar XF GTDi
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 1,589 model-year 2013 and 2014 XF 2.0L GTDi vehicles manufactured May 2013 through October 2013. The clamp for the Charge Air Cooler (CAC) hose may be out of position and loose, allowing the hose to detach. This could cause the engine to stall. Additionally, steering and brake assistance may be lost, further increasing risk of a crash.

Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the CAC hose to make sure its clamp is in the correct position and tight. The work will be done free of charge. The recall is scheduled to begin in late May 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar's recall number is J034; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign ID number 14V181000. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-341.


2013-2014 Jaguar XF, XJ, and XK Vehicles
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 297 model-year 2013-2014 XJ, XF and XK vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the toe links (components used to control the alignment of the rear wheels) can separate from the rear sub-frame. A loss of vehicle stability and directional control could result.

Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will replace the nut and washer assembly on the rear toe links, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 27, 2014. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-855-524-8278. Jaguar's number for this recall is J037; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V157000.


2014 Land Rover Range Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 5,238 model-year 2014 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles manufactured from May 7, 2013, to October 10, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the turn signal indicator may not flash at a double rate or click at a double rate to give a notification to the driver of a front turn signal malfunction. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." Without a warning that a front turn signal is malfunctioning, the driver would continue to use the vehicle, unaware that other drivers on the road are not being notified that the vehicle is turning.

Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or before, May 27, 2014. Land Rover's number for this recall is P042; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V163000.


2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling two model-year 2014 Range Rover Evoque vehicles, manufactured November 27, 2013 and December 4, 2013. The bolts connecting the right-hand rear suspension link arm may have been damaged during vehicle production. If the damaged bolts fail, allowing the link arm to separate from the vehicle, loss of vehicle control may result.

Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connecting bolts for the right-hand rear suspension link arm free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Land Rover's number for this recall is P040; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V155000.


Mercedes-Benz: Various 2014 Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 69 model-year 2014 GL350 BlueTEC 4Matic, GL450 4Matic, GL550 4Matic, and GL63 AMG vehicles manufactured November 4, 2013, through November 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the foldable second-row seat bottom may not fold down low enough to allow proper use of the child seat anchors. As such, these vehicles do not conform to FMVSS No. 225, "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems." Without the use of the lower anchor points, a child restraint may be insufficiently or improperly anchored to the seat, increasing the risk of injury to the child in the event of a crash.

Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the seat pan of the second-row seat, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes at 1-800-367-6372, and may refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V158000.


2014 Ram 1500 4X4
Chrysler is recalling 125 model-year 2014 Ram 1500 4x4 vehicles manufactured January 24, 2014, through February 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission case may have been improperly machined, which could result in the park pawl not properly engaging when the transmission is in the 'Park' position. If the park pawl does not properly engage, the vehicle may roll away.

Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the transmission, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contract Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is P13; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign ID number 14V161000.

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