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Jaguar Land Rover stops production in the UK

Due to its inability to get enough computer chips for new cars, Jaguar Land Rover suspends production at its Solihull and Halewood factories until spring.

Because of what happened, the company will make fewer Jaguar F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery Sport cars.

The Guardian was the first to say that the move was just for a short time.

Jaguar Land Rover will put more effort into making money-making cars like the Range Rover. They have made these cars in the last few months.

There are no problems at the Land Rover factory in Nitra, Slovakia.

Computer chips run many systems in modern cars, like anti-lock brakes, satellite navigation, and entertainment systems.

But because of the COVID pandemic, supplies from East Asia have been very messed up, and carmakers have had to fight hard with other industries for the supplies that are still available.

In a statement, JLR said that as long as there were problems in the global semiconductor supply chain, it would “continue to manage the operational patterns of our manufacturing plants actively.”

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says that even though UK car production went up in October, it is still far below what it was before the pandemic (SMMT).

It made 69,524 cars in October, which is 7.4% more than the same time last year. But the SMMT said that manufacturers are still having “turbulent” trouble getting parts.

After 20 fires, Ford recalls more than 500,000 SUVs.

Ford is calling back another 520,000 Escape and Bronco Sport compact SUVs in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that cracks in a car’s fuel cell could start a fire.

Because of the problem, the company will have to call back 634,000 SUVs worldwide.

In particular, the fuel injector in some Escapes from model years 2021 to 2023 with a Bronco Sports turbocharged engine can break. This could let fuel or fuel vapor leak onto hot parts of the car and start a fire.

Ford says that people should keep driving their cars. The company thinks that only a few cars will have the problem. The company said it knows of 20 fires is linked to this new problem.

SUVs recalled

They recalled these identical SUVs for the same reason—they could catch fire. It announced the recall in March because there was a chance that oil could leak into parts of the car where it could start a fire.

The company says it has called back the affected cars and fixed most of the problems with cars. But that doesn’t mean they are safe from the problem in this latest recall.

Under the new recall, Ford dealers will install a software update to look for a cracked injector. If there is a crack in an injector, a warning light will show up on the dashboard, and the engine will stop running. Ford said this would help the driver find a safe place to pull over, stop, and call for help.

Ford dealers will also install a tube that will drain any fuel that leaks out of the car onto the ground and away from the hot parts of the car. But the work that needs to be done won’t cost anything to the SUV owners.

Ford said that it wants dealers to pick up and drop off cars for free to fix them. People who own cars can also take them to dealerships.

Many parts of the Ford Escape and the Ford Bronco Sport are the same. But it has nothing to do with the bigger Ford Bronco, an SUV that looks more like a truck than the Jeep Wrangler.

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