A new Range Rover is being recalled because of the threat of sudden airbag deployment. Land Rover has agreed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make unscheduled repairs to 19 SUVs manufactured between February 2 and 22 this year. All the vehicles have improperly secured front crash sensors: both devices could become loose, causing the airbags to activate for no apparent reason.
The fifth-generation Range Rover SUV has been on sale since early 2022, and the problem with the loose sensors was identified in April. At one point, Land Rover even stopped shipping cars because of the defect endangered customer safety. At the moment, the automaker has no data on accidents caused by the faulty system.
Although the issue has been identified and the range of defective vehicles has been outlined, owners will not be notified of the recall until July 8. Owners of new Range Rovers will have to make an unscheduled visit to their nearest dealer to have mechanics tighten the front crash sensor fasteners. The repair will be done free of charge.