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Jaguar Land Rover to recall over 44,000 cars due to excessive carbon levels

Tata Motors Ltd.-owned Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has issued a recall of 44,535 cars after U.K. regulators found that some models were emitting more greenhouse gases than previously certified, British website Which? reported March 13.

The recall covers Land Rover's Evoque model with a 2.0-liter diesel engine; and models Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Velar and Evoque with a 2.0-liter petrol engine, all manufactured between 2016 and 2018, U.K.'s Vehicle Certification Agency, or VCA, confirmed to S&P Global Market Intelligence in an email.

Jaguar's XE and XF cars with model year 2016-2018 equipped with a 2.0-liter petrol or diesel engine, its E-Pace and F-Pace with model year 2018 fitted with a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and its F-Type with a 2.0-liter petrol engine that were manufactured in 2019 are also part of the recall.

The vehicles being recalled "did not consistently achieve the expected CO2 emission performance levels," the VCA said.

According to a report by The Guardian, the luxury-car maker's move was prompted by a probe conducted by the VCA, which found that the models were emitting more carbon dioxide than it certified. The company reportedly then informed the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, or DVSA, which handles recalls, of the findings from VCA.

"Once a manufacturer has been granted their initial emissions approval they are required to undertake periodic conformity of production testing (CoP) to ensure that the vehicle remains compliant," the VCA told Market Intelligence. The agency also said that Jaguar Land Rover is making updates to the vehicles' hardware and software "to ensure the correct CO2 performance is dependably achieved."

DVSA's head of vehicle engineering, Neil Barlow, said in a statement to Market Intelligence that the agency's priority is to provide protection from unsafe drivers and vehicles, including those damaging the 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," Barlow also said in the emailed statement.

Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover told The Guardian that "affected vehicles are being rectified to ensure the correct CO2 performance is dependably achieved."

Jaguar Land Rover will carry out free repairs on the models, which could include software updates and physical alterations, according to the report. A company spokesperson reportedly said some Range Rover Evoque models will also need new tires.

The recall is not expected to have a material impact on the company's finances, the report added.