Jaguar Land Rover NA LLC has recalled approximately 65,000 Range Rover sport utility vehicles after discovering a keyless entry software glitch causes some of the vehicles’ doors to fly open unexpectedly. The recall includes certain 2013-2016 Range Rover and 2014-2016 Range Rover Sport models made with keyless lock software that the carmaker reported can cause the doors to unlatch unexpectedly, which could distract drivers and cause a crash or, if the car’s occupants aren’t wearing seat belts, allow them to fall out.
Jaguar Land Rover said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes caused by the defect and reported that its dealers will update the keyless entry software at no cost to owners of the affected cars. The immediate recall includes 65,352 vehicles sold in the U.S., but is a global issue. The software to be replaced was made by German car parts giant Brose Group’s Brose Schließsysteme GmbH & Co., according to Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker began looking into the problem last October after getting customer complaints.
According to one driver who filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last November, the door of his or her Range Rover flew open while the car was in motion. “I was traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour on a highway and all of a sudden the driver’s side door opens,” the safety complaint said. “My left elbow was resting on the door with just the weight of my elbow and all of a sudden I feel my elbow drop down and a gust of wind. The door opened maybe an inch before closing back up again.”
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