Land Rover Turbo Failure Lawsuit
Turbos increase the engine efficiency and power by forcing compressed air into the combustion chamber. When they fail, cars can lose power and drivers can lose control. Drivers have reported turbo failures in the first-generation L538 Land Rover Evoque, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and the Land Rover LR2 and mechanics have suggested that these failures may be due to a design problem. If so, the maker of Land Rover, British auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (itself a subsidiary of Tata Motors), may face thousands of lawsuits filed by Evoque, Discovery Sport, and LR2 car buyers who have experienced turbo failure.
What is the Land Rover turbo failure lawsuit about?
According to auto repairer GDL Services, most turbo failures are caused by oil starvation, but failures in these models may be due to faulty design. In L538 Land Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport, and LR2 cars, the turbo charger is a part of the exhaust manifold, which collects expelled gas from multiple cylinders of the engine into a single pipe. In L548 Land Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport, and LR2 cars, this means that two separately casted pieces of machinery have been welded together. GDL Services explains that “here these castings are welded there is an internal ribbing that can come loose. This piece rattles around inside the manifold making a racket and very quickly jams on the turbine and locks the turbo up.” This can result in the car losing power.
Repairing a failed L538 Land Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport, or LR2 turbo entails replacing the entire manifold and hours of labor. In a worst-case scenario, small metal fragments may enter the engine and damage it. Because Land Rovers are known for their durability and power as off-road vehicles, their cars are often equipped with turbocharged engines.
What vehicles are affected?
The Land Rover Evoque is a midsize luxury SUV. Introduced in 2011, the first-generation (model L548) was manufactured until 2018. In 2018, the second-generation L551 model was released. Only models produced between 2012 and 2017 are believed to be affected.
The Land Rover LR2 is a compact SUV. Introduced in 2007, it was eventually replaced by the Land Rover Discovery Sport in 2015. Models manufactured between 2013 and 2015 are believed to be affected.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a compact luxury SUV. Introduced in 2014, it became Land Rover’s best selling model in 2017. Models made between 2015 and 2017 are believed to be affected.
Is there a Land Rover recall?
Though there have been a number of complaints, no recall is currently in effect.
Am I eligible to file a Land Rover lawsuit?
Seeger Weiss is evaluating cases now. If you’ve experienced turbo failure in your Land Rover Evoque, you may be eligible for compensation.
Signs of turbo failure include:
- Loss of power
- Check-engine light is illuminated
- Dark exhaust smoke
- Loud noises
- P0299 onboard diagnostic code (OBD-II)
Protecting car owners
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