An icon of British automotive engineering, the Land Rover is popular among the affluent and lovers of off-road adventures. The vehicle has a rugged and go-anywhere appeal despite packing all the bells and whistles of a luxury car.
If you’re looking to buy a used Land Rover, you might want to buy one with the fewest faults.
This article will outline the Land Rover models with the highest recalls, so that you know the best options available to you.
1. Range Rover
105 recalls place the Range Rover at the top of the list of most recalled Land Rover vehicles. Recalls for this model started in 1987.
The 2017 model year has 6 recalls, while the 2016 Range Rover has 7 recalls. Meanwhile, the 2014 model year has 8 recalls, which is one of the highest numbers.
We have a good list here of the best and worst years for Range Rover.
The 2010 and 2013 model years have 5 recalls apiece. 2010 Range Rover has just 2 recalls while the 2019 model year has 1, which makes them the most desirable in the lineup.
Check out some reasons for the recalls in the list below:
#1 Fuel System:
The automaker may have attached an excessively long bolt to the high-pressure pump of some Range Rovers. Due to this problem, the fuel line may break, and fuel may leak from the fuel system. Fuel leakage increases the chances of a fire accident.
#2 Service Brakes:
The front brake hose in certain Range Rovers may fracture. This might lead to a leakage of brake fluid. Also, the affected vehicle may require longer stopping distances when a user presses the brakes.
#3 Exterior Lighting:
When a front turn signal error occurs in some Range Rover cars, the turn signal indicator may fail to notify the driver correctly. As a result, drivers may be unaware of the error and keep driving. In addition, oncoming drivers might be unable to tell when the vehicle is about to make a turn, thus increasing the possibility of an accident.
The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) connector in the driver and front passenger seats of certain Range Rovers may separate. Due to this issue, the driver’s seat and frontal airbags may stop working.
Land Rover may have installed the windshields of certain Range Rover vehicles incorrectly. If a crash occurs, the windscreen may detach from the car.
#6 Airbags (again):
In certain Range Rover cars, the airbag warning lamp may illuminate the instrument cluster when the airbag is in perfect condition. As a result, the vehicle may disable the passenger airbags. When the passenger airbags of a car are not functional, the occupants are more likely to sustain severe injuries during a crash.
The seatbelt locking retractors in some Range Rovers may suddenly deactivate while the vehicle is working. Due to this issue, the child restraint system may loosen. An inactive child restraint system may increase the injury a child occupant suffers during a crash.
The automaker may have committed a manufacturing error in the Keyless Vehicle Latching System (KV Latch) in certain Range Rovers. This error might make the KV Latch wrongly deduce that the vehicle’s doors are closed when they are unlatched. As a result, drivers may start and drive the affected cars, unaware that their door latches are off.
Such doors might open up while the vehicle is moving, thus putting the vehicle at the risk of a crash.
While closing the doors of some 2016 Range Rover, a spring in the left door might get stuck.
This may prevent the latch from tightening on the left door when a driver closes the door.
#10 Camera System:
Land Rover may have made a manufacturing error while setting up the Continental Surround Systems of certain Range Rovers. Due to this issue, the backup camera may not show the rearview image when the driver puts the car in reverse. This problem reduces the driver’s visibility while using the vehicle.
The Emergency Locking Retractors (ELR) in the seatbelts of certain Range Rover cars may fail to lock properly. Since the purpose of the ELR is to protect the car’s occupants during a crash, failure of the system may increase the injuries of the passengers.
The engines of some Range Rover vehicles have crankshaft pulley retaining bolts that may break suddenly. This may cause the engine to fail suddenly.
#13 Brake System:
The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) System in some Range Rovers may deactivate without displaying any warning to the driver. The AEB system comes in handy when a driver fails to brake in time to avoid a collision with another car. If drivers of affected vehicles rely on the AEB system while driving, a crash may occur.
#14 Fuel System:
The fuel gauge in certain Range Rovers may display that the fuel level is low when the fuel tank is full. After this warning, the engine might stall once the car has traveled 17 miles. A failed engine may result in a loss of power brake assistance.
#15 Instrument Cluster:
The instrument cluster of some Land Rover Range Rovers may occasionally become inoperative. If the instrument cluster fails, the driver may be unable to keep track of essential information like speed rate and fuel gauge.
Due to a production error in certain Range Rovers, the door latches may suddenly loosen while the vehicle is moving. If a passenger is not wearing a seatbelt when the door of an affected vehicle opens, they might fall out of the car.
2. Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is another Land Rover model with a considerably large number of recalls. Jaguar Land Rover has issued about 34 recalls for this vehicle.
Recalls for the Land Rover Range Rover Sport began with the 2005 model year, which has one recall. The 2006 model year has 5 recalls, while the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years have 6, 7, and 7 recalls, respectively.
Meanwhile, the 2017 model has 5 recalls, while the 2018 and 2019 model years have 2 and 1 recall, respectively. Some reasons for Range Rover Sport recalls are:
The engines of some Range Rover Sport vehicles have crankshaft pulley retaining bolts that may break suddenly. This may cause the engine to fail while driving.
The tire placard label and the tire inflation pressure label in some 2020–2021 Range Rover Sports may provide the wrong tire pressure information. As a result, the driver may not inflate the tires when they start going flat. Deflated tires can reduce vehicle stability. Drivers who ride cars with deflated tires are also likely to lose control of the vehicle.
#3 Tire Pressure:
Land Rover may have incorrectly set the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) in the instrument cluster of certain 2020–2021 Range Rover Sport. As such, the TPMS may fail to inform the driver when the car’s tires deflate 25% below the recommended tire pressure on the tire placard. If a user drives the affected car with deflated tires, the tire tread may separate. This might cause a crash.
#4 Brake System:
The Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) System in some Range Rover Sport may deactivate without displaying any warning to the driver. The AEB system comes in handy when a driver fails to brake in time to avoid a collision with another car. If drivers of affected vehicles rely on the AEB system while driving, a crash may occur.
The information in the driver’s handbook of some 2014 Range Rover Sport may fail to describe the Air Bag Status Lamp’s purpose correctly. As a result, the driver of affected vehicles may misunderstand the function of the lamp.
The wheel lug nuts in some Range Rover Sport may break and detach from the wheel. When this occurs, the rest of the functional lug nuts may not secure the wheel to the affected vehicle. The wheel might eventually detach from the car.
The Emergency Locking Retractors (ELR) in the seatbelts of certain Range Rover Sport cars may fail to lock properly. Since the purpose of the ELR is to protect the car’s occupants during a crash, failure of the system may increase the injuries of the passengers.
Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery has the third highest number of recalls among Land Rover models. Jaguar Land Rover issued 27 recalls for these models.
We have a list here of the best and worst year for Land Rover Discovery.
Land Rover started issuing recalls for the Discovery since 1995. Of the 27 recall actions, the 2017 model year accounts for 4, while the 2018 model has 3. Meanwhile, the 2019 and 2020 Discovery models have one recall each.
Check below for some reasons the automaker recalled its Land Rover Discovery model:
The seat frame assembly in the second row of certain Land Rover Discovery cars may lack fasteners. This might reduce the strength of the seat frame.
The engine crankshaft pulley in some Land Rover Discovery models may break, thus leading to engine failure.
If the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) turns on while the trailer lights are in use, the trailer lights may stop working.
The fuel gauge in certain Land Rover Discovery may indicate that the fuel level is low when there is still fuel in the tank.