Land Rover is recalling over 40,000 of its smaller SUVs over an airbag issue. In the affected vehicles, the front passenger airbag may not deploy because of a problem with the restraint control module, which will be replaced where needed as part of the recall.

The issue specifically affects the LR2 (known overseas as the Freelander, in case you have trouble keeping track) from the 2010-2015 model years, and the Range Rover Evoque from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

A combined total of 40,551 vehicles in the United States are affected by the recall, including over 17,000 LR2s and 23,000 Evoques, with an additional 6,000 vehicles in Canada.

Owners can expect to be contacted by their local dealer, but you can read the details of the recall in the notice below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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RECALL Subject : Passenger Air Bag may be Disabled
Report Receipt Date: JUL 01, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V395000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 40,551
Manufacturer: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

SUMMARY:
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain model year 2010-2015 LR2 and 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque vehicles. A component within the Occupant Classification System (OCS) Electronic Control Unit (ECU) may fail, resulting in the front seat passenger air bag being totally or partially disabled.

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, if the air bag is disabled, the air bag may not deploy or may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury to the front seat passenger.

REMEDY:
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the Restraint Control Module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 30, 2014. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P046.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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