Pleasanton, CA – October 8, 2020 – Jaguar Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) has recalled 21,834 luxury SUVs whose spoilers may detach from the car while driving, creating the risk of a crash. The recall includes 2010-2011 Range Rover Sport SUVs.
The glue that attaches the spoilers to the car may not hold over time, resulting in the spoilers loosening and potentially falling off while driving at high speeds.
The recall was reluctantly initiated by the manufacturer after consumers in the U.S. logged 132 fly-away spoiler complaints and a recall for the same vehicle and issue was initiated in Japan. The complaints prompted the NHTSA to open an investigation in May.
In September, Land Rover concluded that there was “limited evidence of a safety defect pattern” but agreed to issue a recall to “maintain good relations” with the NHTSA.
Fly-away spoilers could become an obstacle in the roadway, forcing drivers to make quick maneuvers that could result in a crash.
In fact, leading up to the NHTSA investigation, consumers logged three complaints about spoilers breaking windshields, six about spoilers striking vehicles behind them and four about drivers behind them having to swerve to avoid the detached spoiler in the road.
Road debris’ crash statistics
Between 2011 and 2014, road debris played a role in around 200,000 crashes and caused close to 40,000 injuries and 500 deaths, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Over 75,000 of those crashes were caused by debris flying off of one vehicle and striking another.
Owners will be able to take their SUVs to a Land Rover dealer, who will apply a stronger glue to the spoiler. Drivers who already paid to have their spoilers re-attached may be able to be reimbursed. The recall begins on NovembeR 30.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 21,000 vehicles are included in this Land Rover recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.