As many as 39,000 Jaguar Land Rover vehicles may need to be recalled after seven people were injured in roll-away incidents.
There been an abundance of recalls in the automotive industry lately in response to safety issues. Recently, Honda recalled over 600,000 Odyssey minivans amid concerns that a defect in the seats could cause injury. Fiat Chrysler also had to recall over 1 million Dodge Rams because a faulty shifter made it easy for people to forget they had left it in park, thus increasing the risk of them rolling away and causing an accident. Now, Automotive News reports that Jaguar Land Rover is under investigation for a similar issue.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seven reports have been received of Land Rover Evoque SUVs and Jaguar XF cars rolling away when left in park. Consumers reported that the vehicles' transmissions had been shifted to park, but none of the cars had their parking brake engaged. Worryingly, five of the seven reported incidents resulted in injuries – four occurred with the driver's door open, and another resulted in someone being pinned between the vehicle and a garage wall. A preliminary evaluation was filed on December 16 into the 2013 Jaguar XF and the 2012-14 Range Rover Evoque, according to the report.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Jaguar Land Rover may need to issue a recall for as many as 39,000 vehicles. Fiat Chrysler is currently under similar scrutiny over the rotary shifters in the Dodge Ram and Durango, which resulted in over 1 million recalls. Prior to this, 1.1 million recalls were issued for the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee after 266 roll-away crashes were reported causing 68 injuries and the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin.