JAGUAR LAND ROVER (JLR) is recalling over 44,000 cars for repairs after regulators in the United Kingdom found some vehicle models were emitting more carbon dioxide than previously estimated. Most affected models are petrol, while some are diesel.
Britain's biggest carmaker, owned by India's Tata Motors, will have to carry out free repairs on the models after the Vehicle Certification Agency found 10 models for the Land Rover and Jaguar brands were emitting higher greenhouse gases than had been certified earlier.
Various Jaguar E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF models. Some Range Rover Evoque models will need new tyres.
In a statement, Jaguar Land Rover said the issue affects specific models powered by 2-litre petrol and diesel engines that were produced between 2016 and 2019.
At the same time, global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions prompted government to announce the ban of new fossil-fuel cars.
Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Greg Archer, UK director for the European environmental pressure group, said: "JLR has clearly been minimizing the declared Carbon dioxide and under estimating emissions". The company will contact the owners of the affected vehicles to arrange for free-of-charge repairs. "This includes vehicles that are damaging our environment".
The recall comes at a challenging time for the company. Indeed, JLR posted a loss of $4-billion in the third quarter of the 2018-19 financial year leading to concerns the company is running out of money.