Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 1,571 of their XJ luxury sedans in the United States for a possible braking issue, according to documents posted by U.S. safety regulators.
Jaguar Land Rover, a unit of Tata Motors Ltd <TAMO.NS>, said certain XJ cars from model years 2014 and 2015 may have underbody brake pipes that were not tightened to specification, which can cause a loss of mechanical integrity of the braking system and extended brake pedal travel and reduced braking performance, according to reports.
The dashboard monitor may display the warning message “fluid level low,” along with the brake warning lamp being illuminated, according to the NHTSA documents.
A complete loss of service brakes could also occur, potentially causing a vehicle crash, according to the NHTSA documents.
It is also possible that sufficient loss of brake fluid will deplete the brake pressure in the system such that the brake pressure switch required to start the vehicle will not activate and that would prevent the vehicle from starting, according to the NHTSA documents.
There has been one reported accident and no injuries related to the issue, according to the NHTSA documents.
Jaguar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake line junctions, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 16, 2015. Owners may contact Jaguar customer service at 1-800-452-4827. Jaguar’s number for this recall is J048.