After assessing information and data revealed by other recalls, Jaguar Land Rover voluntarily issues a recall on its SUVs.
Jaguar Land Rover has set a great example to other manufacturers, by being proactive and doing it's own investigations into a problem and voluntarily initiating a recall. Waiting for something terrible to happen isn't right. The recall would be done a heck of a lot quicker though if any releases about the problem mentioned that something similar with other manufacturers has resulted in injury and death. This problem is also linked to the death of actor Anton Yelchin, as his Jeep had a simple voluntary recall for a deadly problem.
FCA originally found the problem and informed ZF Transmissions, who supply the advanced nine-speed transmissions found in the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque. Jaguar Land Rover hasn't had any reports of the fault with the gearbox that can suddenly shift into neutral when driving, but it's not taking any chances. JLR identified 22,657 cars that will need the a fix, which includes the replacement of the wiring harness due to an ineffective crimp. This will go along with a software update for the electronics controlling the gearbox. It's a relatively small number of vehicles though and should be done quite quickly.
The FCA recall resulted in 323,361 vehicles in the US alone being brought in, and transmission manufacturer ZF has said the total amount of gearboxes in the market with a possible problem totals 505,000. The problem is said to affect Land Rover Discovery Sports models manufactured between 17 September, 2014 and 3 November, 2014 as well as Range Rover Evoque models manufactured between July 15, 2013 and July 1, 2015. Let's hope it gets them all done in time and keeps a clear record.