Mahwah, NJ – April 23, 2022 – Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) has issued a recall for 14,812 vehicles due to a problem with the seat belts emergency locking retractor — the device that locks the seat belt in place when the vehicle crashes or slows suddenly. This increases the risk of injury.
This is at least the second recall for these issues since 2019 and includes the following models:
- 2016 Range Rover
- 2017 Range Rover
- 2016 Range Rover Sport
- 2017 Range Rover Sport
A seat belt prevents the occupants from being thrown or hitting any part of the vehicle in the event of a crash or sudden deceleration — significantly reducing the chance of serious injury or death.
A feature called an emergency locking retractor (ELR) allows the seat belt to freely extend and retract under normal movement, with the excess seat belt webbing wrapping around a spool. If the belt is suddenly yanked, such as in a crash, the ELR automatically locks, preventing occupants from hitting their heads against the windshield or dashboard.
In the recalled vehicles, the seat belt retractor on the driver’s seat may fail to lock at the appropriate level of force, which means that the driver may not be properly restrained in an emergency.
The driver may be thrown against the windshield or the steering wheel or otherwise be hurt in a crash if the seat belt is not working properly.
Other Jaguar Land Rover recalls
Tata Motors recalled more than 18,000 Range Rover Evoque SUVs in February due to other problems with the restraint system, as reported.
In September 2021, a recall was also issued for multiple Jaguar Land Rover models over another retractor problem, which could result in injuries to child occupants in the event of a crash.
There was another recall for the same issue in May 2019 but not all the recalled received the remedy offered under this recall.
Dealers will inspect the seat belt assembly on the driver’s side and replace any defective components. Repairs will be performed free of charge.
Affected owners will be notified by June 3, 2022.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
More than 14,000 vehicles are included in this Jaguar Land Rover recall. To see if your Land Rover is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.