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2003 Land Rover Freelander

3 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2003 Land Rover Freelander

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2003 Land Rover Freelander, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: FUEL PUMP FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE07036

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 17, 2007
    • Date Closed: December 10, 2007
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery
    Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump

    Summary: The Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened preliminary evaluation PE07-036 on July 17, 2007, based on three consumer complaints alleging incidents of sudden engine stall while driving due to fuel pump failure in model year (MY) 2003 Land Rover Freelander vehicles.in each incident the vehicle could not be restarted and had to be towed for repairs. In response to ODI's information request letter, Ford provided owner complaint information, field reports and warranty claim data for approximately 9,985 subject vehicles sold in the United States.the base warranty for the subject vehicles is 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first.Ford categorized the data by engine stalls that occurred while driving, engine stalls with an unknown driving condition, no start conditions and other driveability conditions. ODI's analysis showed that the subject vehicles have experienced a 6.7% fuel pump warranty claim rate for all conditions after approximately 4 to 5 years of service, including 1.4% categorized as a stall while driving event and 2.1% categorized as a stall with an unknown driving condition.this investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA07-018) to further assess the frequency and safety consequences of the alleged defect.

  2. INVESTIGATION: FUEL PUMP FAILURE - STALL

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA07018

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 07, 2007
    • Date Closed: December 22, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump

    Summary: Subject component failures found that can occur at any speed and generally result in a no restart condition.these are generally considered to be factors that increase the potential severity of stalling incidents.however, these incidents have occurred at relatively low rates in the subject vehicle population when compared with prior investigations involving similar categories of engine stall consequences.further investigation of this matter would not be an efficient allocation of Agency resources.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will continue to monitor complaints and other information relating to the alleged defect in the subject vehicles and take further action in the future if warranted.see document file for more information about this investigation.

  3. INVESTIGATION: BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH FAILURE

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA05016

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Switches:Brake Light

    Summary: On June 16, 2005, the Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened a preliminary evaluation (PE05-034) to investigate alleged stop lamp (brake) switch failures in certain model year (MY) 2004 Land Rover discovery series II vehicles.on October 14, 2005, the investigation was upgraded to an engineering analysis and the scope expanded to include certain MY 2002 through 2005 Freelander vehicles that use a substantially similar self-adjusting stop lamp switch furnished by the same supplier, methode electronics malta, ltd. (methode).in September 2003, methode moved the production of an internal switch component, known as the slider mechanism, from a validated plastic injection-molding tool (┐cavity 1┐) to another tool (┐cavity 2┐) that had not been used before to produce parts for Land Rover.sliders from cavity 2 may be characterized by poor fill, lack of definition in the slider teeth and dimensional instability.consequently, the slider may be unable to restrain improper movement of the plunger during normal brake pedal operation.this may cause the switch to fall out of adjustment, thus significantly reducing the effort required to energize the switch and illuminate the stop lamps.┐cavity 2┐ switches were installed in approximately 8,763 discovery subject vehicles built from December 2003 through May 2004 and approximately 3,915 Freelander subject vehicles built from October 2003 through May 2004.additionally, stop lamp switches in certain MY 2002 through 2005 Freelander subject vehicles may slip out of adjustment as a result of switch damage due to an incorrect setting procedure during vehicle manufacture or as a result of switch mounting bracket flex.analysis of all available data indicates the predominant failure mode is constant stop lamp illumination.other reported consequences of stop lamp switch maladjustment include inoperative automatic transmission gear selector/brake pedal shift interlock, inoperative speed (cruise) control, and telltale illumination as described in technical service bulletin (tsb) no. LT206-001 dated October 28, 2004 issued by the manufacturer to Land Rover dealers in the united kingdom (uk).to date, ODI is aware of 77 non-duplicative complaints that allege stop lamp switch failure on the subject vehicles (10 complaints on MY 2004 discovery, 45 on MY 2002 Freelander, 19 on MY 2003 Freelander, and 3 on MY 2004 Freelander vehicles).additionally, 4,595 discovery and 13,370 Freelander subject vehicles have experienced one or more warranty claims to replace the stop lamp switch.of the 5,170 warranty claims paid to replace stop lamp switches on discovery subject vehicles, approximately 31% occurred before the vehicle was sold new and approximately 88% occurred within the first 12 months of vehicle service.the warranty trend on discovery subject vehicles is in decline with 3,545 claims paid in calendar year (cy) 2004, 1,303 claims paid in cy 2005, and 322 claims paid in cy 2006 through September 28, 2006 (which is when ODI last received updated warranty claims data from Land Rover), and it appears that the alleged defect on discover subject vehicles has been remedied through warranty repairs.however, ODI analysis of the manufacturer's warranty and complaint records indicates the failure trend on certain Freelander subject vehicles is ongoing.by letter dated February 2, 2007, Land Rover has notified ODI that it will conduct a safety recall (NHTSA recall no. 07V-041) to replace defective stop lamp switches in approximately 33,247 MY 2002 through 2005 Freelander vehicles built at the solihull, uk assembly plant from September 5, 2001 through May 19, 2005. Although ODI has concerns regarding the manufacturer's resolution of discovery stop lamp switch failures through warranty repairs, the action taken by Land Rover is sufficient to resolve the issues raised by this investigation.accordingly, this investigation is closed.

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