The transmission wiring harness on the Disco Sport and Evoque has an issue that can cause the luxury SUVs to suddenly shift into neutral.
Land Rover will recall 22,657 examples of the 2014-2015 Range Rover Evoque and 2015 Discovery Sport in the United States because of a problem with the transmission's wiring harness. The affected examples of the Disco Sport have manufacturing dates from September 17, 2014, through November 3, 2014. The Evoques with this problem come from between July 15, 2013, and July 1, 2015.
The nine-speed automatic transmissions in these luxury SUVs don’t have the proper crimps in the wiring harness. This can cause the gearbox to shift into neutral with no warning to the driver. If the problem occurs, it could be a huge surprise to the driver and potentially increase the risk of a crash.
Jaguar Land Rover learned about this problem in June 2016 after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles discovered the issue and told transmission supplier ZF about it. FCA had to fix 323,361 vehicles in the U.S, and ZF put the total across all brands at 505,000 in the country. JLR opened an investigation to figure out how many of the company’s vehicles had this fault. The automaker's research found no reports of accidents, injuries or fires, and there were no complaints from dealers about SUVs suddenly shifting into neutral.
Land Rover will send a letter to owners that will tell them about the problem. Dealers will check the transmission’s serial number and will update the gearbox’s software as necessary. The new code will prevent it from shifting into neutral due to the faulty crimp. The company will begin the campaign October 14, 2016.
Land Rover owners haven't had to deal with many recalls so far in 2016. For example, there was a minor issue with about 15,000 examples of the 2015-2016 Discovery Sport because the license plate illumination light could fall out. JLR also had to repair 54,000 vehicles to replace their Takata airbag inflators. These included 20,000 units of the 2009-2011 Jaguar XF and 34,000 examples of the 2007-2011 Range Rover.