Jaguar has issued a recall of 6,085 2010 XF and XK models built between June, 2009 and March, 2010 to repair power steering hoses that could corrode and start to leak. Jag says the hoses it used on the affected cars have a zinc-nickel plating that doesn't meet their corrosion resistance requirements.
If the pipes corrode to the point of leaking, affected cars could not only lose power steering, but the fluid could ignite. Jaguar will replace the pipes free of charge at the dealership when the recall begins on or about April 11. See the official notice from NHTSA after the break.
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[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
JAGUAR / XF 2010
JAGUAR / XK 2010
Manufacturer: JAGUAR LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr's Report Date: MAR 14, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V168000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,085
JAGUAR IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 XK AND XF VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 27, 2009, THROUGH MARCH 10, 2010. THE POWER ASSIST STEERING (PAS) PIPES HAVE BEEN SUPPLIED WITH ZINC-NICKEL PLATING THAT DOES NOT MEET FULLY THE CORROSION PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS OF JAGUAR'S ENGINEERING SPECIFICATION. AFTER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME IN SERVICE, CORROSION OF THE PAS PIPES WILL OCCUR THAT MAY LEAD TO PIN-HOLING OF THE PIPE.
PIN-HOLING OF THE PAS PIPES COULD ALLOW PRESSURIZED POWER STEERING FLUID TO LEAK INTO THE UNDER-HOOD AND ENGINE BAY AREA. A LOSS OF POWER STEERING FLUID WILL RESULT IN A LOSS OF POWER ASSIST STEERING. ALSO, THAT FLUID MAY IGNITE IF IT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH AN IGNITION SOURCE OR A SURFACE AT SUFFICIENTLY HIGH ENOUGH TEMPERATURE, CAUSING A VEHICLE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING FLUID PIPES WITH PARTS MANUFACTURED TO THE REQUIRED CORROSION PROTECTION SPECIFICATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGED. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT JAGUAR AT 1-800-452-4827.