JLR to recall 11,852 vehicles in China

British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will recall 11,852 vehicles sold in China over defective clamps in the hose pipe of the cooling assembly and fault in the injector fuel.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement that JLR will recall 8,656 Land Rover Freelander 2 and Range Rover Auroras manufactured between 3 January 2012 and 25 June 2013, and a total of 3,196 Jaguars, including XF models made between 24 July 2012 and 1 May 2013, and XJs made between 20 March 2012 and 2 May 2013.

AQSIQ said that a flexible hose and hose clamps in the Jaguar cars cooling assembly may not be properly positioned so that connector hose clamps may not be clamped properly, which could lead to separation of the assembly of the cold joints, causing the engine to stall and cause crashes.

JLR Auto Trade (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. will inspect the vehicle intercooler assembly and ensure that the resonator hose clamp on the hose is in the correct position, and tighten to the correct torque.

The overflow of the Land Rover Freelander 2 and Range Rover Aurora injector fuel rail and injector socket joint between the overflow return pipe joint may leak diesel fuel due to design fault, which will accumulate and overflow to the cylinder and on to the road, creating a slippery condition on the road and increasing the risk of collision by other cars.

The regulator also said that if the temperature of the diesel fuel is high enough and touches the surface of other parts like the exhaust systems, it would increase the risk of fire within the hood.

JLR will provide a free inspection of the vehicle injectors, replace the injector O-ring on the jack and use of positioning the tool to install the new overflow altered fuel rail assembly to ensure that the assembly firmly reliable.

This is the second recall by JLR in China since the past nine months. In December 2012, JLR, owned by Tata Motors, had recalled 337 Range Rover Evoques and Freelanders over substandard fixings in their brakes and steering boxes. (See: JLR's China unit to recall 337 defective cars)

JLR, which generates 21 per cent of its sales from China, has relied on strong demand over the past year from emerging markets such as China for its luxury SUVs and sedans to offset sluggish growth in developed markets and has plans to sell 100,000 units in China by the end of fiscal 2014.