Mass recall of Jaguars that may lose their roar

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 February, 1998, 12:00am

DRIVERS of luxury Jaguar cars may get a surprise next time they step on the accelerator.

Instead of speeding off they could be in for an ego-deflating loss of power.

The British car manufacturer has recalled its flagship XK8 sports cars and plush XJ8 saloons built between July and October last year.

It warned that a defective bracket on the cars' accelerator cables could cause a loss of speed.

There were 43 such XJ8 models in Hong Kong, said Jaguar Hong Kong general manager William Lau Kwok-ming. He added the owners would be contacted by noon tomorrow.

No owners had reported the fault, which Mr Lau said was not dangerous.

Repairs on each car would take about half an hour, he said.

There are about 2,200 Jaguars in Hong Kong, about 90 of them XJ8s which were launched here in October. The rest of the XJ8s are unaffected.

They cost from $838,000 to almost $1.3 million.

None of the 50 XK8 sports cars sold locally was affected, Mr Lau said, but in a recall last April about 10 had to be returned to the dealer for rear axle repairs.

Mr Lau described the recall as 'not unusual'.

'Service actions are happening with almost all cars,' he said.