Jaguar Land Rover will recall more than 44,000 UK cars for repairs after regulators found faulty models emitting more carbon dioxide than advertised.
Ten models were found to be emitting more CO2 than certified initially, according to the Vehicle Certification Agency.
Britain’s largest car maker said all repairs in conjunction with the recall would be carried out free of charge and it is contacting owners of all affected vehicle.
Among the models affected include the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport (pictured)
According to the European commission’s rapid alert system, JLR cars may emit excessive levels of CO2 and may not conform with certified conditions.
Recalls of cars to fix safety defects – which are forced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – happen fairly often, but full product recalls because of exhaust emissions are rare.
The recall is thought to be the first CO2 related recall for JLR.
All models – both petrol and diesel – impacted are those built between 2016 and 2019.
This includes all examples of the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport.
The Range Rover Sport, Velar and Evoque produced over this three-year period are also being called back.
Jaguar models affected include the E-Pace and F-Pace SUV, F-Type sports car and the family saloon pairing of the XE and XF.
The repairs may involved software updates along with physical alterations.
Some Range Rover Evoque models will also need new tyres.
Jaguar Land Rover said it is liasing with the DVSA to process the recall and inform all owners.
In a statement, JLR said: ‘Affected vehicles are being rectified to ensure the correct CO2 performance is dependably achieved.
‘The modifications made to affected vehicles will be made free of charge and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out.’
Jaguar’s F-Pace is also among the models which may be emitting more carbon dioxide than advertised
The recall comes shortly after the Land Rover Discovery TD6 actually outperformed a number of cars in independent real-world emissions tests when it was found to produce lower amounts of harmful NOx emissions than all other cars tested, including tiny superminis.
Vehicle emissions have come under scrutiny in recent years following the Volkswagen diesel scandal, where it was found to have installed software to trick emissions tests.
At the same time, international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions prompted government to announce the ban of new fossil-fuel cars. The UK is set to roll out their ban from 2040.
European manufacturers are under pressure to reduce average emissions of new vehicles from 118.5g of CO2 per kilometre to less than 95g by 2021.
Neil Barlow, DVSA’s head of vehicle engineering, said: ‘DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. This includes vehicles that are damaging our environment.’
JLR’s recall is not expected to have a material impact on the company’s finances, but comes at a challenging time for the car maker. JLR posted a record quarterly loss in February and announced about 4,500 job cuts the previous month.
Jaguar’s smallest SUV – E-Pace – is also part of the recall