Mahwah, NJ – September 23, 2021 – Tata Motoros (NYSE:TTM) – which owns Jaguar Land Rover – has issued a recall for 28,000 Land Rover SUVs over a faulty seat belt locking system that may not securely hold a child car seat. This may increase the risk that a child is injured in the event of an accident.
The list of vehicles includes multiple newer models:
- 2021 Range Rover
- 2022 Range Rover Sport
- 2020-2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
- 2020-2022 Land Rover Defender
- 2020-2022 Land Rover Discovery
- 2020-2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
The affected component is the “seat belt” with multiple part numbers, including 624451800 and
Retractors, as reported, hold seat belts in place in two different ways. There is a retractor that locks in the seat belt if there is a crash and one that does that as soon as the seat belt is buckled. The latter, called the automatic locking retractor (ALR), is at the center of this recall, because it may deactivate and cause the seat belt to come loose.
Background of the recall
The issue is a result of faulty parts provided by Swedish-American supplier Autoliv, as reported. A total of 266,772 seat belts have been affected and multiple manufacturers, including Daimler, Ford and BMW have been affected. You can read more about this recall in this article.
If the ALR does not function properly, the seat belt may come loose and cause the child seat to move around. This can result in injury to the child in the restraint seat in the event of a crash.
The risk is eliminated if instead of using the seat belts, parents use the so-called lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH) system.
Other Land Rover and Range Rover recalls
Another related Jaguar Land Rover recall recently had incorrect child restraint information in the owner’s manual. Back in March 2021, Land Rover issued a recall for multiple newer model year vehicles for defective high beams, which included the 2020 Land Rover Discovery and 2020 Range Rover Velar.
Potentially affected owners will be notified and asked to take their cars to the nearest Land Rover dealership. If the vehicle has a seat belt with a part number that is under recall, it will be replaced, free of charge.
Is your vehicle part of the recall?
To find out if your vehicle is a part of this Land Rover recall, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.