Jaguar Land Rover recalls 44,000 cars over emissions

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United Kingdom sales of Jaguars were up 4.15% in 2018, while Land Rover sales fell by 5.74% according to the SMMT.

Britain's largest carmaker will have to carry out free repairs on the models. The British manufacturer then contacted the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and an alert was made via the European Commission's rapid alert system.

Recalls of cars to fix safety defects happen fairly often, but full product recalls because of exhaust emissions are rare.

The British vehicle giant is recalling 10 different models across the Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover brand. It is thought to be the first carbon dioxide-related recall for JLR.

Jaguar XE, XF, E-Pace and F-Pace as well as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar, and Range Rover Sport have all been affected. It added that this included corrective repairs and software updates, while certain 2016-17 Range Rover Evoques would require the fitting of new low-rolling resistance tyres that "enhanced the efficiency of the powertrain, thereby lowering C02 emissions". Both petrol and diesel models are included in the recall.

She said: "Consumers must be able to fully trust the claims of auto manufacturers, particularly after the emissions scandals of recent years".

At the same time, worldwide agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions prompted government to announce the ban of new fossil-fuel cars.

All European vehicle manufacturers are under pressure to reduce the average emissions of their new cars from 118.5g of Carbon dioxide per kilometre to less than 95g by 2021. "This includes vehicles that are damaging our environment".

The recall notice comes during an increasingly hard time for the auto maker. However, it did say all of the repairs would be carried out free of charge, and it's aiming to "minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out".

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