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Jaguar Land Rover recalls 44,000 polluting vehicles in UK

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been forced to recall 44,000 of its vehicles in the UK after they were found to emit more carbon dioxide than expected.

The company has promised to fix the affected vehicles “free of charge”. The recall will include the Land Rover Discovery and Discovery Sport, the Range Rover Evoque, Sport and Velar, and the Jaguar E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF. The affected cars from the UK’s biggest car manufacturer all have a 2.0-litre diesel or petrol engine.

The vehicle will be recalled once remedial action has been agreed between the manufacturer and the authorities.

JLR said in a statement: “Jaguar Land Rover is conducting a voluntary recall following the identification of CO2 performance variability with certain Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles fitted with 2.0-litre diesel or petrol engines. Affected vehicles will be repaired 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.”

Volkswagen (VW) has been embroiled in its own emissions scandal since September 2015, when it emerged that it had tailored its vehicle engine software to mislead regulators into believing that they emitted less pollution.

In 2018 VW’s former CEO Martin Winterkorn had criminal charges levied against him in the US for allegedly trying to cover up the scandal.

The JLR issue was discovered by the Vehicle Certification Agency: a branch of the Department for Transport.

Neil Barlow, head of vehicle engineering at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which administers vehicle recalls, said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles. This includes vehicles that are damaging our environment.

“Where new vehicles sold for use on British roads don’t conform to emissions standards, DVSA will work with other government agencies and manufacturers to ensure the vehicles are fixed as quickly as possible.”

Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at consumer group Which?, said: “Consumers must be able to fully trust the claims of car manufacturers, particularly after the emissions scandals of recent years. Jaguar Land Rover must now act quickly to tell affected customers so that they can have their vehicles modified appropriately.”

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