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Jaguar issues XJ recall

Return to sender: Jaguar has recalled 230 XJ Jaguars to check for brake pipe corrosion.

Brake pipe corrosion sparks Jaguar safety alert

13 Jul 2009

JAGUAR is recalling early X350 XJ sedans for possible brake pipe corrosion that might lead to brake failure.

According to a Product Safety Recalls Australia bulletin issued last week, the recall affects 230 vehicles built between 2003 and 2004 with a VIN range between G00001 to G27878.

“A concern has been identified with corrosion to brake pipes at the junction between the twin under floor pipes and the rear cross member pipes fitted to 2003 and certain 2004 MJ XJ vehicles,” the bulletin says.

“A review of vehicle build shows that a touch condition can exist between the under floor brake pipes and the Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) pad at the rear of the under floor under tray.

“Where a touch condition exists, water and dirt can collect and be held in contact with the pipes and their unions reducing the corrosion life of the pipes accordingly.

“In these cases the corrosion can lead to loss of the mechanical integrity of one or both pipes. This can result in extended brake pedal travel combined with reduced braking performance in the corresponding circuit, and simultaneous display of the 'fluid level low' warning light.

“In the event of both pipes losing integrity at the same time, complete loss of service brakes will occur.”

Jaguar Australia advises owners of the affected 2003 and 2004 XJ models to contact their dealer as soon as possible.

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