Land Rover Recalls 500 Range Rovers Over Faulty Seat Welds

A photo of a low Range Rover on a coastal road.

A photo of a low Range Rover on a coastal road.

Land Rover is recalling 500 Range Rover SUVs in the US

Land Rover unveiled the fifth generation of its luxury SUV last year to some pretty good reviews. The latest and greatest Range Rover packed in oodles of luxury trimmings, a pristine finish and, unfortunately, a row of seats that wasn’t welded together correctly. Now, affected models are being recalled so Land Rover can fix the issue.

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The second Land Rover recalled to hit the company today, after Range Rover Sport models were called back to the factory due to incorrect tail lights, affecting the seven-seater 2022 Range Rover. That car, which was launched last year, has been found to have a second-row seat frame that may have been insufficiently welded together.

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First reported by Autoevolution, the issue sounds remarkably similar to the seat frame problems Honda ran into with its Civic Type R earlier this year. In the Range Rover’s case, the recall relates to 2022-2023 model year, seven-seat vehicles that may have been fitted with an incorrectly installed latch.

A side view of a Range Rover SUV.

A side view of a Range Rover SUV.

Problems deep inside.

Cars built between February 11, 2022 and June 10, 2022 may have been fitted with the defective seating frame, which could result in seats that aren’t properly secured. In the event of a crash, the second row seating could move forward and upwards, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says could “increase the risk of injury to first and second row seat occupants.”

The NHTSA reports that the fix requires the 500 impacted models be brought into dealers for inspection and, if required, the second row seating will be replaced. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed by June 2, 2023.

If you are worried that your car might be affected by a recall, there are a few easy ways to check if that’s the case. First up, the NHTSA has a super handy app that you can use to see if your vehicle is impacted by a recall, or you can head to the regulator’s website and plug your VIN into its recall search tool.

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