Land Rover recalls Defenders
By Chris. Gable
Wednesday May 15 2002
Land Rover Australia has recalled a batch of Defender four-wheel-drives to fix a potential front brake problem.
The recall involves Defenders built between September 1, 1988 and July 11, 2001.
In its recall announcement, published in today's Sydney Morning Herald, Land Rover owner Premier Automotive Group Australia says the action follows a small number of reports concerning the routing of the front left-side flexible brake hose.
The announcement says the hose may have been twisted during vehicle assembly, causing it to "... bow out towards the wheel and allow contact on the left hand steering lock". A brake fluid leak could result from the hose rubbing on the wheel rim.
Land Rover says such a leak would result in loss of the front brake circuit. "The secondary braking system is fully operative but the driver could experience a long pedal travel, more pedal effort and a reduction in total achievable deceleration.
Only vehicles on which the hose was twisted during assembly could face the problem. Land Rover says vehicle assembly procedure had since been modified to prevent the hose from being twisted.
Defender owners whose vehicles were built between the dates announced in the recall have been contacted by Land Rover dealers to arrange for an inspection. Land Rover says that if necessary, the left-hand front brake hose will be replaced free of charge.
Owners of affected Defenders who haven't heard from Land Rover Australia should ring the company's customer response centre, on: 1800 625 642.