SOURCE: Automotive NewsU.S. investigates Land Rover drive shaft complaints
Reuters / April 10, 2007 - 1:00 am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. auto safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation of complaints of drive shaft failures on some Ford Motor Co. Land Rover sport utility vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 38 complaints about front drive shaft and front axle differential failures, many of which caused the vehicle to stop moving. In about half the cases, the vehicle was going faster than 40 mph.
No crashes or injuries were reported, the agency said in documents showing that it had opened a review of 2002-04 Land Rover, Range Rover SUVs. An estimated 33,000 vehicles could be affected.
A drive shaft transfers power from the transmission to the axle while differentials provide proper torque to individual wheels and allow them to rotate at different speeds.