Strong green movements are shifting the attention of the world’s largest governments, causing them to focus on coming up with C02 emission standards, and all those laws and regulations that benefit us and our planet also affect big industries. Car manufacturers are no exception.
Due to the excessive CO2 emissions, we have already seen a few of the major car manufacturers recalling some of the models from the market. Especially after the car emissions scandal in 2018 which showed the loopholes in the lab tests.
Jaguar and Land Rover are also affected by the new legislative measures regarding CO2 emissions. In fact, Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 44,535 cars because they are producing carbon dioxide emissions above the allowed limit.
The results of the routine tests on Jaguar Land Rover vehicles discovered some fluctuations in the CO2 emissions. It appears, that 10 different car models don’t have consistent certified CO2 emissions levels.
This forced JLR to recall more than 40,000 cars both with 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, as if the company doesn’t have enough challenges on its plate already. Let us remind you that JLR announced 4,500 job cuts in February 2019.
Some of the models that are going to be recalled include Jaguar XE, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Discovery, and Range Rover Evoque. You can find the complete list of recalled car models below.
If you own one of these models, you can expect to be contacted very soon to bring your car into a repair shop authorized by JLR. Your car will receive major software updates and specific repairs.
Meanwhile, JLR ensures the car owners that these changes will not affect the vehicle’s driving experience, as they are minor. For instance, Range Rover Evoque models from 2016 and 2017 will only have to get a tyre replacement.
Please note that the DVSA database is still not updated and you won't be able to find the information regarding this recall in it.
Here is the complete list of all the models that are being recalled.
- - Land Rover Discovery 2016-2018
- - Land Rover Discovery Sport 2016-2018
- - Range Rover Sport 2016-2018
- - Range Rover Velar 2016-2018
- - Range Rover Evoque 2016-2018
- - Jaguar XE 2018
- - Jaguar XF 2018
- - Jaguar F-Pace 2018
- - Jaguar E-Pace 2018
- - Jaguar F-Type 2019
- - Range Rover Evoque 2016-2018
- - Jaguar XE 2016-2018
- - Jaguar XF 2016-2018
As we said earlier, if you own any of the above-mentioned car models, you will be contacted very soon. You will have to take your car to a garage or dealership authorised by JLR to get the important software updates and mandatory repairs. The cost of these repairs and updates is completely free.
If you don’t want to wait to be contacted, you have Jaguar Land Rover customer service at your disposal. Feel free to contact them and ask personally about the recall. The services are available on the following numbers:
- - Land Rover – 0370 5000 500
- - Jaguar – 0345 303 2303
But before you contact them, you will have to know your car’s VIN. The VIN number is a 17 digit vehicle identification number (VIN). A unique VIN is assigned to each car and it’s like a social security number for a car. There are several locations to look it for:
- - It is usually outside the car on the driver’s side, where dashboard meets the windscreen.
- - It can be found on the inside of the door – the driver’s side again.
- - If you fail to find it, make sure to check either your vehicle registration document or insurance policy. Your car’s VIN should be included in this document.
You are probably wondering if the scheduled software updates and repairs are going to affect your vehicle's performance and overall experience. Jaguar Land Rover assures its customers that none of the fixes are going to change the experience of driving their cars.
In fact, there are some improvements in this pack, especially for the owners of JRL petrol engine vehicles. JLR reports that drivers will be able to start and stop petrol engine vehicles at lower vehicle temperatures.
Some of the updates only target the vehicles tyres. This is the case with Range Rover Evoque models from 2016 and 2017, which will only have to undergo the tyres changes. This specifically applies to 315 cars geared with 20-inch tyres with a lower rolling resistance.
These vehicles will be fitted with new 20-inch tyres to balance out the CO2 emission caused by the rolling resistance.
The DVSA is the government safety body in charge of protecting everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. One of their primary concerns are the vehicles with high CO2 emissions, since they have a significant impact on the environment.
DVSA works closely with car manufacturers and numerous government agencies to make sure that vehicles not compliant to the UK’s emissions standards receive updates and repairs as soons as possible.
As a greenhouse gas, CO2 is directly linked to the global warming phenomena. Since cars run on petrol or diesel, they produce CO2. Keeping the CO2 emission levels in check is very important, as it benefits both people and our planet.
As an incentive for people to use the low CO2 emitting vehicles, the government introduced lower car tax bills. Sadly, this practice only affects the car tax rate during the first year. Once the first year is over, everyone pays the same amount of car tax.
The EU has very clear limits on the CO2 emissions. The average CO2 emission should not exceed 130g/km.
This does not apply to a certain model of car specifically, but to the entire fleet of one manufacturer’s cars. This means that a manufacturer can design and produce a car model with CO2 emission above the limit, as long as they balance the CO2 emission with their other models.
But the limit is set to change in the near future. By 2020 the limit will be 95g/km and 95% of all the cars will have to comply with it. By 2021 100% of cars will need to comply with this limit.
The penalties are severe. Starting from 2019 a manufacturer will have to pay €95 for every g/km of CO2 over the limit per a registered car.
Land Rover Jaguar has done a lot in the field of carbon neutral manufacturing in the UK. Hopefully, this recall is just a minor bump on JLR’s road to becoming a certified environmentally responsible company.