British SUVs could be fitted with faulty fuel rails
Land Rover and Range Rover have issued a recall for their entire 2018 model-year range, over concerns vehicles fitted with the 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine could pose a fire risk.
The British marques report the engine-mounted fuel rails on affected vehicles "have not been manufactured correctly", and are at risk of fuel vapour and liquid leaks.
Should the condition occur, increased and excessive fuel odour may be noticed by occupants of the vehicle, and fuel may be seen when the bonnet is opened. Leaking fuel also, more importantly, could cause a fire if it comes into contact with a hot surface in the engine bay.
The recall affects "specific vehicles" from the MY18 Land Rover Discovery Sport (pictured), Discovery, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Velar lines. We've contacted Land Rover for a VIN list, and will update the story when one becomes available.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has confirmed 331 cars are affected by the recall.
In the meantime, "specific" vehicles within the following VIN ranges are affected.
- SALGA3BY1JA343646 to SALGA2AY5JA387693
- SALWA2BY2JA146054 to SALWA2BY6JA185973
- SALVR2RX4JH226559 to SALVP2RX3JH296852
- SALYA2AX9JA700000 to SALYA2BX5JA746759
- SALCA2AX0JH685128 to SALCR2SX4JH748920
- SALRA2BX3JA014201 to SALRA2AX6JA039854
Owners of the affected Land Rover and Range Rover models will be contacted by Jaguar Land Rover Australia, and will be requested to contact their local dealer to have their vehicle inspected and repaired where required. JLR adds two clips to "ensure correct design clearance" will also be fitted.