Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Jaguar) is taking steps to address a potential safety concern involving certain 2019-2023 I-PACE vehicles. These vehicles were previously subject to recall 23V-369, but the earlier repairs may not have been executed correctly. This oversight could still leave the high-voltage battery at risk of overheating, potentially posing significant safety hazards.
Jaguar became aware of this issue in September 2023, triggered by a field report regarding a thermal overload incident in a vehicle that had previously undergone repairs as part of a prior recall (H441). An in-depth investigation into the matter revealed that the recall action for H441 had been mishandled by a retailer. In particular, the retailer had used an unauthorized service diagnostic tool, leading to the incorrect installation of essential software on the vehicle in question. Consequently, the safety defect persisted, even though the retailer had reported that the safety recall had been successfully completed.
This situation creates a lingering safety risk for affected vehicle owners. An improperly repaired vehicle continues to be vulnerable to conditions like thermal overload, which can result in potential fire or smoke issues. Such incidents can not only jeopardize the safety of vehicle occupants but also pose risks to individuals outside the vehicle and may cause property damage. What’s even more concerning is that the owners may remain unaware that the previous repair was not carried out correctly.
Fortunately, Jaguar is taking action to rectify the situation. Dealers will address the issue by updating the battery energy control module software, ensuring that the vehicles are brought up to the necessary safety standards. In the meantime, owners are strongly advised to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures, as well as to charge them in the open until the recall repair is completed. This precautionary measure should be adhered to for 30 days after the repair has been finalized.
To help facilitate this important safety recall, Jaguar has assigned it the reference number H459, and it has been officially registered with the NHTSA under campaign number 23V-709.