Range Rovers have been iconic for decades thanks to movies and televisions show them roaring across the African plains chasing after wildlife. The SUV prototype was larger than an Army jeep but could still go off-road. They were boxy and drove like a truck, but they apparently got the job done.
Those here in America soon found out otherwise. The pricy import vehicles quickly got an enduring reputation as unreliable, high maintenance, and their parts were expensive. Recent Land Rover models continued to earn that reputation today.
The manufacturer will send out recalls on October 8, 2021, for Land Rover Range Rover Sport SUVs model years 2010 to 2013 and Land Rover LR4 SUVs from 2010 to 2016. The reason is that the vehicles’ fuel outlet flange is prone to cracking, possibly causing fuel leaks. This recall applies to models with either the 5.0-liter V8 or the 3.6-liter V6 gas engines.
Owners of vehicles with this problem may detect the smell of gas and/or notice an amber light illuminated on the dashboard. Owners may also notice puddles of fuel on the floor of the garage or a parking space. Obviously, leaking gas is a serious fire hazard. It is even possible that vehicle static could ignite the leaked fuel.
The manufacturer will replace the flange with a revised version free of charge, and it will reimburse owners who previously paid for the repair. Nevertheless, Land Rover owners should continue to monitor recalls for their vehicles and have all issues cited in recalls fixed for free. It may also be necessary to hold the manufacturer responsible for non-recalled work caused by a design flaw or faulty equipment. If the dealer or manufacturer disputes the claim, a Lemon law attorney can help hold them accountable for fixing, replacing and additional damages using all applicable state and federal laws.