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Jaguar Land Rover recalls over 7,000 cars in US over safety risk

Tata Motors Ltd.-owned luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC will recall a total of 7,060 F-type cars in the U.S. due to incorrectly wired seat belt harness connectors that could harm front passengers in the event of a crash, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The carmaker's U.S. arm, Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC, notified the road safety agency of its planned recall on April 25, after it found that certain F-type vehicles of model years 2014 and 2015 that were previously recalled may have had a seat belt service part installed, containing the same defects as the parts from the original recall.

Jaguar Land Rover said the seat belt tension sensors of the affected vehicles may not have been correctly wired to the occupant classification sensor control modules, which senses whether there is a passenger in the front seat.

If not wired correctly, the seat belt tension sensors would not be able to detect a child or a small-statured adult in the passenger seat, failing airbag deployment in the event of a crash.

Jaguar Land Rover will start recalling the affected vehicles June 21, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assembly and repair the seat belt tension sensor harness as necessary, free of charge.