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Ohio Range Rover owners should know of new recall of brake hoses

One of the factors many people look into when they purchase a vehicle is the safety record of the manufacturer. For some people, that safety rating is a huge factor. In some cases, people might purchase vehicles thinking they are safe only to find out that they aren't as safe as what they thought. Some of our Ohio readers might be interested in two recalls that are affecting people who purchased Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports.

The smaller recall affects 2013 and 2014 Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports. In this recall, the brake vacuum hose might not be routed properly. In vehicles that have an improperly routed hose, there is a possibility of a hole wearing in the hose. If that occurs, the braking power is affected, which could cause an accident.

The larger recall covers 2006 through 2012 Range Rovers. Up to 74,648 vehicles are covered in this recall. Some Range Rover owners might think the scenario that caused the recall sounds familiar. That's because this issue was previously investigated and closed out without a recall. That investigation was reopened in Nov. 2014 after an accident and more issues were reported.

The issue is that brake hoses in these vehicles can rupture, which negatively affects braking power. Dealers were noticing that the brake hoses were bulging. That is what started the investigation in 2010, but the bulging was thought to be sporadic. At the time it was closed out, no accidents or injuries had been reported. That all changed in November of last year. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a notice of the recall.

In both cases, Land Rover dealers will correct the problem. In the smaller recall, the dealership will reroute the brake vacuum hose if it isn't correctly routed. The dealership will also repair the brake vacuum hoses if necessary. In the larger recall, the dealership will replace the brake hoses.

Anyone who has been involved in a vehicle accident that was caused by a problem with the vehicle might decide to seek compensation. Working through all the necessary steps to prove liability might be complicated, but seeking help might make it easier.

Source: ABC News, "Land Rover, Jaguar will recall 104,000 vehicles" Feb. 07, 2015

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