Texas residents who own Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles may want to check whether a recall affects them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, announced that around 37,000 vehicles have been recalled due to safety concerns with rear seat belts.
Recall involves child car seats
The recall concerns a seat belt component called the automatic locking retractor, or ALR. The ALR helps to keep seat belts from pulling out any further after they’re fastened. While this component is important for anyone using a seat belt, it is critical for securing child car seats.
After car seat installation, a functioning ALR should prevent the car seat from moving around. If it is tightly secured, a car seat won’t jostle around during a car accident. This is why the ALR defect could put babies and young children at risk.
No incidents have been reported
The good news is that this recall was announced before any incidents were reported to the NHTSA. So far, there are no records of children being injured by the defective product. No product liability claims have been filed over the malfunctioning ALR.
What to do if your vehicle is involved in the recall
There are 28,000 Land Rover SUVs as well as 9,000 Jaguar SUVs and sedans involved in the recall. The vehicles involved in this recall are some of the 2020-2022 models. If you believe that your vehicle might be affected, you should contact your nearest Land Rover or Jaguar dealer for a free inspection and seat belt replacement.
What if you were injured by a faulty part?
Faulty vehicle parts such as malfunctioning seat belts may lead to greater suffering in a car accident. If you believe that you were injured because of a manufacturing defect in your vehicle, you may be able to file a product liability claim.