Software bug causes Land Rover recall

Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Victoria Fitzgerald

A software bug has sparked the recall of more than 65,000 cars by Land Rover.

The glitch, affecting the vehicle doors, can unlock the doors without warning the driver on the dashboard.

The problem exists in Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models sold between 2013 and now.

In a statement the firm said that no injuries or accidents had occurred because of the bug.

To accommodate customers the company is rectifying the problem free of charge and has issued an advert making buyers aware of the glitch.

According to Land Rover the problems reported regarding the keyless ignition and locking systems was not related to this concern.

The keyless ignition made the model a popular choice for car thieves, as the system left them vulnerable to unlocking.

In March of this  year the firm recalled almost 36,500 Range Rover Evoque sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, following local reports that the firm used faulty gearboxes in the cars.

The manufacturer apologised the oversight following criticism and said it would update the gearboxes free of charge, as well as extend the warranty period of affected vehicles to seven years after the date of purchase from three years, or 240,000km rather than 100,000km, whichever comes first.

The news comes as Chinese authorities investigate anti-competitive behavior in the world’s largest car market.

JLR have pledged to replace the faulty part and extend the warranty.

Land Rover attributed the problem to software where “poor gear shift quality, increased transmission noise and the inability to select drive when the vehicle is restarted under certain conditions”.

The recall was requested by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), where authorities called on the manufacturer to take immediate action to address the situation.