• Nov 26, 2010
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Jaguar has issued a recall covering 6,475 2010-11 XJ sedans built between July 28, 2009 and November 3, 2010 due to defective windshield wipers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration details the exact problem with these XJs, saying:
"The front wiper arms to spindle fixings were not torqued to specification during manufacturing. As a result, the securing nuts could fail to perform as intended, resulting in a loss of wiper arm synchronization and a clash of the wiper arms."
Clashing wiper arms mean they could detach from the vehicle altogether, which is perhaps the last thing any driver would want to have to deal with on a rainy (or snowy) day. The full recall is expected to commence on or before December 13, and dealers will ensure that the wiper arms are securely fitted to the spindle. To read the full details, follow the jump for NHTSA's release.



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[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model: JAGUAR / XJ
Model Year(s): 2010-2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V578000
Component: VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6475

Summary

JAGUAR IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 XJ VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 28, 2009, THROUGH NOVEMBER 3, 2010. THE FRONT WIPER ARMS TO SPINDLE FIXINGS WERE NOT TORQUED TO SPECIFICATION DURING MANUFACTURING. AS A RESULT, THE SECURING NUTS COULD FAIL TO PERFORM AS INTENDED, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF WIPER ARM SYNCHRONIZATION AND A CLASH OF THE WIPER ARMS.

Consequence

IF THE WIPER ARMS LOSE SYNCHRONIZATION AND CLASH, THEY COULD DETACH FROM THE VEHICLE, REDUCING A DRIVER'S VISIBILITY AND INCREASING THE RISK OF CRASH.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL ENSURE THE WIPER ARMS ARE FITTED SECURELY ONTO THE SPINDLE AND THE SECURING NUTS WILL BE TIGHTENED TO THE CORRECT TORQUE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 13, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT JAGUAR AT 800-637-6837.

Notes

JAGUAR SAFETY RECALL NO. J019. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That Jaguar looks like a bloated Buick. Or a bloated Hyundai. I remember the days when Jaguars were slinky, elegant and sleek cat-like motorcars from England with all that that entailed. Now they look like everything else out there. I guess this is what happens when cars are no longer the pride and joy of a particular nation, but instead are produced by generic multinational companies utilizing generic styling cues with no distinct ethnic or cultural identity. Even Jaguar has become a transportation appliance.

      Has anyone else noticed that all the brands seem to be melding into one amorphous car company with far less differences and much more similarity? 25 years ago, a Mercedes looked like a Mercedes from 300 yards away. Today, you must get to within 25 yards to tell. Same with Volvo, Saab, Jaguar, BMW, etc.. I have found that as the years and decades have worn on, one must get ever closer to the car to identity it. Even the interiors are not as distinctive as they were even just 25 years ago. A frightening sameness seems to have come over everything.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Part of the reason for the "bloat" is because of safety/crash regulations. You can no longer have a sleek hood when there needs to be a 3(?) inch buffer between the hood and the hard bits underneath so that pedestrians don't get too hurt. Front bumpers need to be soft for a pedestrian, but sturdy enough to hold out for the 5mph crash.

        As for cars looking the same? No. It's just that finally the luxo-barge makers have stopped making the same damn car over and over and over. For 40 years all BMWs all looked alike. For 40 years all Benz's all looked alike. You might not recognize them, but that's 'cause the brands now have different looking vehicles.

        I'd wager it's mostly because of the huge increase in the sale of the Japanese luxury brands that Europe had to start changing. I'm curious to see how long Porsche can keep selling the same car.

        I agree on interiors though. I was in a new A4 the other day. Like being in a dentist's office. No character.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're gonna be a troll, you don't have to post the same thing three times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... this isnt saying much about its long term reliability... and this car just released.. yikes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recall aside, I love this car. So much nicer then the German competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jaguar has come a long way since the days of Pre-Ford Lucas electrical stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had this happen a lot on my '87 Scirocco. The wipers would either start moving closer to each other until the two blades collided and got stuck together, or the left one would go its own direction and fly off the side of the windshield. Good times!

      I often had to park under freeway overpasses in rainstorms, when I had forgotten to give the bolts an extra tighten in advance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, heard you the first time. In regards to the wipers it sounds a bit like a B-rate horror movie: clash off the blades.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @teamkonsol

      What a tool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad they haven't recalled the styling yet. With it's bloated look they really should have went with a different letter combo - XL maybe? An XJ it isn't!
      • 4 Years Ago
      apologies for the multiple posts - autoblog was hiccuping and my impatience is now on record for all to observe. as for the brand, perhaps 'meh' or 'forgettable' (and not failed) is more apt a description.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While TrueDelta uses the XF as an example of a poorly rated vehicle after a few years of ownership, it also states, "TrueDelta’s data suggest that all too often cars take a turn for the worse either soon after the warranty ends or after 100,000 miles". So is it just Jag you're singling out or does BMW, MB, Audi or Lexus share the same unhappy reviews? Ironically, this same website you provided about TrueDelta's findings (www.thetruthaboutcars.com) also gave the 2010 XFR an excellent review.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Meh or forgettable" is a fairly bold statement to make about a brand whose globally regarded for its class, rich racing history, and superb reputation for building some of the most beautiful vehicles on the road. And before you play the reliability card maybe you should look at JD Power's latest statistics to see where Jag ranks compared to its peers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford's ownership of Jaguar brought reliability to their cars. I don't consider a defective windshield wiper to be that big of a problem. Not when the brand new Audi A8 has a shifter that SNAPS OFF the column easily - and a mirror switch that is hard to use.
      http://www.epinions.com/content_531956141700
      Jauguar gives you more for the money. You pay $90,000 for an XJ-L supercharged and you get more horsepower and more features than the German's give you.
      http://www.epinions.com/content_512392400516
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be worse, as recalls go, I guess.
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