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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages: Tailgate: Latch Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,843 miles

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2004 Land Rover Discovery II accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2004 Land Rover Discovery II Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 292005

Discovery II 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,843 miles


I had the tailgate of my Land Rover discovery open as I put in my car seats. The tailgate was open all of the way and in the locked position. My daughter stood at the tailgate looking into the rear of the car. A combination of me moving in the car and the wind, the door began to close. The door is very heavy and the momentum even made it heavier as the car was on a slight decline. The door did not stay in the locked position and began to swiftly close. My daughter's head is right above the closing of the door. If the door would have slammed, she would have had massive head injury and or possible worse, decapitated. It has done this many times. The door doesn't stay open. I have been hit myself and it has left huge marks on my body. The dealer said it was meant to be this way. I disagree, especially after tonight's incident which could have been fatal.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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