Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 40,551 2012-2013 Range Rover Evoque and 2010-2015 Land Rover LR2 models for a faulty front passenger seat sensor that may prevent the proper deployment of the passenger-side airbag in the event of a crash. When the Occupant Classification System (OCS) detects an issue on LR2 models, it will only enable stage 1 deployment of the passenger side airbag, but on Evoque models, may completely disable the passenger airbag.
A physical cell wear-out of the Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) in the OCS may trigger this error, causing the OCS to shut down. Telltale signs of this issue are the continuous illumination of the SRS warning lamp in the instrument cluster or illumination of the passenger airbag disable indicator on the overhead console in the Evoque.
Dealers have been instructed to re-flash the Restraints Control Module (RCM) with updated software to correct the problem. The recall is expected to begin August 30, 2014. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 800-637-6837 or call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Affected vehicles were built at JLR’s Halewood, England, plant between January 27, 2009 and July 01, 2014. Of the affected models, 23,485 are Evoques and 17,066 are LR2s.