We recently wrote about 111,000 Land Rovers potentially leaking gas. That recall has not even started, yet we are now talking about how 37,000 Land Rovers and Jaguars will be recalled because of faulty front passenger seat belt retractors. Because they may not work properly, it impacts the ability to safely install a child car seat. The seat belts in the back seat are still safe and should be used by parents and caregivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued warnings about the following model-year SUVs and sedans:
- 2020 to 2022 Land Rover Defender
- 2020 to 2022 Land Rover Discovery
- 2020 and 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
- 2021 Land Rover Range Rover
- 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
- 2020 and 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
- 2021 and 2022 Jaguar F-Type
- 2020 to 2021 Jaguar F-Pace
- 2021 Jaguar XF
ALR is the issue
According to reports, the problem is the automatic locking retractor (ALR) component. It holds the belt snug for child car seats — the ALR is responsible for the clunk sound and stops when vehicle occupants try to move around while belted. This is how they are designed to work. However, the extra belt tightness needed for child seats makes using a belt with a malfunctioning ALR difficult. It also could lead to a greater likelihood of injury during a crash.
It is certainly bad luck for Land Rover, but the design flaw is tied back to third-party parts supplier Autoliv, which provided the same part to other manufacturers, who also had to announce recalls due to the ALR.
No one hurt yet
The good news in all this is that the NHTSA has no records of warranty claims or injuries related to the ALR design flaw. Nevertheless, owners should respond to the recall and hold the manufacturers responsible if they do not fix this potentially dangerous flaw.