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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Land Rover

Models:

Land Rover Range Rover Years: 1995
Land Rover Discovery Years: 1994-1998

Number Involved: 54,488
Dates of Manufacture: December 1993 - December 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V040 Land Rover Campaign No. B488
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: As a result of chaffing of a cruise control wire against the steering wheel rotary coupler, the insulation can fail and ground the coupler. Electrical grounding of the coupler can cause the driver's air bag to deploy.
Consequence of Defect: Deployment of the air bag restraint system without warning can cause a driver to lose vehicle control.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a fusible link which will protect the rotary coupler from overheating.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin March 24, 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Land Rover at 1-301-731-9040.

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.