Software Bug Recalls Range Rovers

A software bug has been found in Range Rovers that allows criminals to unlock the vehicle doors.

The glitch affects Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles sold between 2013 and now. The firm said drivers would get no dashboard warning that their car doors had been unlocked.

Experts said problems with keyless ignitions and locking systems on many luxury cars had made them a favourite for thieves.

Land Rover is recalling the cars, which comes after reports last year that car thieves were targeting some Range Rover and BMW x5s because they found it easy to unlock the vehicles.

Ads have been placed in newspapers to inform owners about the recall.

A spokesman for Thatchman Research which gathers data on car crime said: "It's been known for over a year that keyless entry and ignition systems possess certain vulnerabilities.

"There were a number of vehicles suggested as being vulnerable in this way, Range Rovers being one of them.

"That was all to do with keyless entry systems and vulnerabilities through the on board diagnostic port."

Land Rover said in a statement that no accidents or injuries were reported to have occurred as a result of the bug.

It added that Range Rover owners would not have to pay for modifications to be made.

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