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March 15, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Land Rover North America, Inc.

Range Rover Years: 1995-1999

Number Involved: 26,250
Dates of Manufacture:  October 1994 - August 1998
Defect:   This recall involves certain sport utility vehicles. As a result of water entry, subsequent freezing, and ice blockage, the transmission breather tube can become clogged and expel transmission fluid from the dipstick onto hot engine components. In the presence of an ignition source, this leakage can result in an underhood fire.

Remedy: Dealers will remove the transmission breather tube from the inner fender and a section of the hose will be cut at an angle. This action will remove the end of the breather tube from any pooled water and will prevent water droplets from clinging to the end of the tube. Owner notification began Jan. 11, 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Land Rover at 1-800-637-6837.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V007/Land Rover Recall No. D352]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.