Half-Million Volvos Recalled For Flaw That Could Cause a Fire

Laguna Hills, CA – Aug. 2, 2019 – Over half a million Volvo vehicles are scheduled for a worldwide recall after the Swedish automaker discovered some engines in certain models may be catch fire due to a faulty component. This issue affects several models and of various years, all manufactured between 2014 and 2019 with 2-liter or 4-cylinder diesel engines. Models include the S60, S80, S90, XC90, XC60, V40, V60, V70 AND V90.

Volvo says it plans to inform all affected owners by mail of this recall, several of which have already been informed. The company says it will repair the vehicles that contain the flaw for free, even for those cars that are no longer under warranty.

The Defect

A routine examination of the Volvo vehicles in question determined that some of the engines may include a component that could lead to a conflagration of the engine, Bloomberg reported. Volvo spokesman Stefan Elfstrom warned of this risk in a statement emailed to the news provider.

“In the very worst case, there is a possibility that a localized engine bay fire may occur,” Elfstrom explained.

Here’s a list of all the vehicles whose engines could be compromised, all of which were assembled from 2014 to 2019:

  • S60
  • S80
  • S90
  • V40
  • V60
  • V70
  • V90
  • XC60
  • XC90

While no accidents, injuries or fatalities are known that trace back to these engines – all of which have 2-liter or 4-cylinder diesel engines – Volvo says it is aware of “a few” fires that have affected customers, The Guardian reported.

“We take this situation very seriously and are working to finalize a fix for the cars,” Elfstrom said.

This isn’t the first recall this year related to engine fires. Fiat Chrysler coordinated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning a fuel line leak, which was also announced in July. No injuries or accidents were reported in these instances either.

Timeline of Events

NHTSA typically releases a chronology of events that lay out how safety recalls came to light, but no documents are available at this time. This may be because the manufacturer has not yet determined the appropriate fix.

The Solution

An investigation is underway to assess how this flaw can be ameliorated. But in the meantime, Volvo says motorists are safe to continue using their cars, so long as no indicators of a problem present themselves, which may include check engine lights or sudden loss of power, The Guardian reported.

For more information on this recall, visit MotorSafety.org and enter your 17-digit VIN.

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Some Volvo S60 owners to receive recall notice in June

Laguna Hills, CA – June 3, 2019 – Volvo Car USA is recalling thousands of S60 vehicles due to a rear suspension issue that may present a safety hazard to affected owners while driving, potentially resulting in a crash. The flaw, first recognized in late April and brought to the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is for 2019 model year sedans. Owners will be informed of the issue by direct mail. Those contacted are urged to take their automobiles off the roads for the time being so the vehicles can be serviced by their nearest Volvo dealer. Motorists will not be charged for the fix.

The Defect

As detailed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 8,300 S60 Volvos are being recalled due to the revelation that certain bolts and lock nuts, which attach to the rear toe link flange – a constituent of the suspension system –  may be not be screwed on tightly enough. As a result, the components of the vehicle that assist with steering may malfunction or detach should the bolts be further loosened, increasing the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

The luxury model has been a hot seller for Volvo since it was originally introduced in 2000 and has been through several iterations ever since, now in its third generation as of 2018. S60s are predominantly manufactured at a recently opened assembly plant near Charlestown, South Carolina, which is where the flaw appears to have derived, opening around the same time as the S60’s redesign.

Brought to the attention of Volvo, the luxury automaker relayed the assembly oversight to the NHTSA, wherein an investigation launched April 25 on models built at the Berkeley County plant. Investigators determined that 8,266 S60 sedans were likely affected, or what amounts to 1% of the total volume either on the roads or dealers’ showroom floors, The Car Connection reported. Most of the S60 Volvos involved in the recall are believed to have originated from the luxury automaker’s newly opened plant in the Palmetto State.

The Solution

Starting June 21, owners of the affected S60s can expect to receive a notification either from Volvo or NHTSA pertaining to the flawed suspension system. Drivers are urged to reach out to their local Volvo dealer so the appropriate fix or adjustments can be implemented. This repair will be free of charge.

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Volvo recalls 167,000 cars worldwide to fix trunk lid

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Geely holding company, says it is recalling 167,000 cars worldwide because the hatch lid lift system on electric trunks can loosen, stop working in cold weather, and possibly cause damage.

Group spokeswoman Annika Bjerstaf says the recall is “a preventive safety measure,” adding Volvo Cars “has not received any reports of serious incidents surrounding this.”

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Volvo Recalls Nearly 220,000 Vehicles for Potential Fuel Line Leak and Fire Risk

 

Stockholm – January 28, 2019 – Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is voluntarily recalling more than 200,000 vehicles due to a potential fuel line leak. The recall includes vehicles in various model ranges including the V90, XC60, XC90 and S60.

The Defect

According to AutoBlog, Volvo issued the recall after discovering an engineering issue that could potentially cause fuel leakage into the engine compartment over time. Certain vehicles may have small cracks inside one of the fuel lines in the engine compartment. These gaps can widen over time, and combined with a pressurized fuel system may lead to fuel leakage. Fuel in the engine compartment can increase the risk of engine fire.

Timeline of Events

According to Reuters, nearly 219,000 cars spanning 11 different models produced in 2015 and 2016 have been affected, and the highest number of impacted cars are in Sweden, the U.K. and Germany. Volvo said that there have been no reports alleging injuries or damages related to this issue, and that the recall is preventative.

The recall affects diesel-engine cars made between 2015 and 2016., with a potential 219,000 cars worldwide could be affected across the globe with over 30,000 located in the U.K.  The models affected by the potential fault include the V40, S60, V60 and the Cross Country variants of each of these vehicles as well as affecting the XC60, V70, S80 and XC90.

Previous Volvo recalls included the September 2018 recall of 2019 Volvo XC60 hybrid electric vehicles equipped with certain AeroVironment electric vehicle charging cords, due to the possibility of capacitor failure that could result in a shock hazard or a fire.

In November 2018 Volvo recalled certain vehicles for faulty software installed in the Vehicle Connectivity Module (VCM) which could cause the Telematics and Driver Support Systems to function improperly, preventing GPS from transmitting correct location information to emergency personnel.  GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.

The Solution

Volvo will contact vehicle owners to arrange a correction of the issue. Owners can check their VIN on the Volvo website to find if it is affected.  Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Rear Seat Lock Striker Issue Causes Volvo Recall

 

U.S. – Aug. 30, 2018 – According to US Recall News, Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) has announced a recall for some of its vehicles that have potential faulty seat backs. In the event of a crash or accident, these seat backs could move rapidly and unexpectedly, posing a risk for injury to passengers inside the car. This recall is in line with several others this year by Volvo over interior faulty components, including oil pressure indicators, headlights and starter motor fuses.

The Defect

In the back rear seats of certain Volvos, there might be a missing key component that secured the back of the seat in place. The rear seat back lock strikers are part of the seat back that moves backward and forward for adjusting. In the event of sudden movement, such as hard braking, stopping rapidly or a crash, this lock striker could come loose and not have the seat secured properly. This put the passenger at risk of injury in crash circumstances.

The vehicle model involved in this particular recall is the 2019 Volvo XC40. This is a compact SUV in the Volvo line that comes in three styles: the Momentum, the Inscription and the R-Design. According to Volvo’s website, there will be a full electric version of the XC40 manufactured in 2020.

About 25 vehicles are being recalled for this specific faulty part in the rear seats. So far, there has been no reports of injury or accidents due to the problem with the rear seat backs and lock strikers.

According to Fortune, one of Volvo’s biggest recalls in recent history involved 74,000 vehicles in 2016. It posed a potentially dangerous situation, as there was issues with the seat belt mechanisms found in 2016 and 2017 Volvo S60, S90, V60, VC60 and XC90 models. The lock was not working correctly, putting drivers and passengers at risk for not being secure in the moving vehicle. Volvo offered full inspections of the seat belts and notified all owners by mail, and did further checks at dealerships to unsold cars. No injuries or accidents were reported relating to the specific recall.

This year has seen several other recalls for Volvos, according to Edmunds. More than 7,700 models from 2014 have been recalled due to potential signaling and headlight malfunctions, as well as another 7,800 from 2016 that could have issues with the starter motor fuse. Certain Volvo S60s, about 30,000 total, are also being recalled over a problem with the indicator that alerts drivers of low oil pressure.

Timeline of Events

Earlier this month, Volvo made the recall announcement for certain XC40 models. They are offering repairs to the faulty seat components and vehicle interior checks for owners. If the seat back lock striker is missing from the vehicle, Volvo will replace it free of charge during the inspection. Officially, the recall will begin on October 15, 2018. Owners and drivers will be notified of the issue so they can take measurements to rectify the recall.

The Solution

If drivers, owners and dealerships are concerned about the recent Volvo recall, they can find more information from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) via their website, or call their hotline at 1-800-424-9153. To contact Volvo directly in the U.S., those looking for more information can call 1-800-550-5658. Volvo’s number for this recall is R89898.

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2017 Volvo XC90: Recall Alert

Cars.com – June 15, 2017


2017 Volvo XC90: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,300 model-year 2017 Volvo XC90 luxury SUVs
The Problem: The micro gas generator — a part used within the right-hand side seat belt retractor for third-row seats — may detach after the seat belt retractor pretensioner is deployed to become a projectile in the vehicle cabin, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the third-row passenger-side seat belt retractor for free…

Read the entire article on the Cars.com website

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New Volvo Recalls Target Faulty Air Bag Systems [Video]

Volvo is taking on several different 2017 vehicle models due to air bag problems that could put occupants at risk.

According to Consumer Affairs, these vehicles could fail to deploy air bags when sustaining damage. The source said these issues could represent a lack of compliance with multiple standards.

The main thing this recall affects is the passenger side air bag. Since the inflator igniters in these vehicles might not properly prompt the air bag, the fix will replace them entirely. This should leave the vehicles with better protection systems. The affected models include Volvo S60 and V60 vehicles, as well as the Cross Country versions of each of these and the XC60 vehicles.

Many of these vehicles were also involved in a previous recall pertaining to seat belt issues announced last November.

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Volvo Issues Recall Over Side-Curtain Air Bag Defect

Recall Masters – March 21, 2017


Volvo Issues Recall Over Side-Curtain Air Bag Defect

Volvo Cars has recalled more than 5,500 vehicles due to a serious side-curtain air bag defect. The recall impacts Volvo S90 sedans manufactured between November 2016 and January 2017, as well as V90 Cross Country and XC90 luxury sports utility vehicles produced over the same span, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Defect
The bolts securing side-curtain air bag structures in these models are likely to break due to manufacturing error. Hydrogen embrittlement is the primary cause, an issue that arose due to variability in the bolt fabrication process. Once applied, the fasteners quickly deteriorate, showing signs of failure within 48 hours installation. Fixtures that manage to effectively secure side-curtain air bag assemblies for at least 48 hours are deemed structurally sound, while those that fail or falter must be replaced…

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Volvo Issues Recall Over Side-Curtain Air Bag Defect

Rockleigh, N.J. – Mar. 21, 2017 – Volvo Cars has recalled more than 5,500 vehicles due to a serious side-curtain air bag defect. The recall impacts Volvo S90 sedans manufactured between November 2016 and January 2017, as well as V90 Cross Country and XC90 luxury sports utility vehicles produced over the same span, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Defect

The bolts securing side-curtain air bag structures in these models are likely to break due to manufacturing error. Hydrogen embrittlement is the primary cause, an issue that arose due to variability in the bolt fabrication process. Once applied, the fasteners quickly deteriorate, showing signs of failure within 48 hours installation. Fixtures that manage to effectively secure side-curtain air bag assemblies for at least 48 hours are deemed structurally sound, while those that fail or falter must be replaced.

The defect poses serious safety risks, as the side-curtain air bags may not deploy properly in the event of a crash. No injuries have been connected to this defect.

Timeline of Events

Engineers at the Swedish automaker first caught wind of the defect in early February, when a report chronicling the discovery of broken bolts in one vehicle was submitted to corporate. Volvo representatives investigated the event further and found that the fasteners had come from the side-curtain air bag assembly. The automaker then contacted the parts supplier, Autoliv Poland, and reported the issue.

On Feb. 10, Volvo’s Critical Concern Management Team elected to start the recall process. The internal group then blocked new vehicles containing the faulty bolts from shipping out three days later. Volvo notified the NHTSA officials and dealers Feb. 16.

The Solution

The automaker has ordered dealers to replace the bolts free of charge, according to NHTSA documentation. Owners are expected to receive notification April 1.

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