A fault identified in diesel-powered versions of the current model Range Rover Evoque could pose a fire hazard.
The subject of a recall being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), only MY16 models of the Range Rover Evoque fitted with the 2.0 diesel engine are affected.
The ACCC estimates that a total of 1640 vehicles sold in Australia are affected.
Affecting the VIN range – SALVA2BN1GH048246 to SALVA2BN5GH148852, those affected vehicles were built between the 5th of March 2015 and the 22nd of April 2016.
The ACCC recall notice advising that under bonnet fuel hoses routed on top of the engine may chafe against a plastic moulded noise suppressing material retaining posts of the underside of the engine top cover.
The Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) foam pad is secured to the underside of the engine top cover by plastic moulded retaining posts and securing star washers.
These retaining posts and securing star washers have insufficient clearance and may contact the fuel hoses routed on top of the engine.
In this condition the fuel hoses can, over time, chafe through the protective sleeve and fuel hose.
Should the fuel hose wear through, there will be an increased diesel fuel odour due to diesel fuel leaking.
If this warning is ignored, diesel fuel may leak onto the exhaust manifold or onto the road surface.
What are the hazards?
Diesel fuel on the road surface can present a skid hazard to other road users, increasing the risk of a crash. Should diesel fuel come into contact with a sufficiently hot surface (the exhaust manifold, for example) there is an increased risk of under bonnet fire.
Affected owners will be notified and instructed to take their vehicle to a preferred Authorised Retailer who will ensure the securing washers are pushed fully home and remove 8mm from the plastic moulded retaining posts.
In addition, the tape wrapped around the fuel hose protective sleeve and the fuel hose will be visually inspected and replaced if there are signs of damage.