STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish automaker Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Geely holding company, says it is recalling 167,000 cars worldwide with more than 45,000 in the U.S.A. because the hatch lid lift system on electric trunks can loosen, stop working in cold weather, and possibly cause damage. This recall affects 2018-2019 Volvo XC60s.
Volvo Cars USA LLC determined that the liftgate arms on 2018 and 2019 VC60s are negatively affected by freezing temperatures. The liftgate arms are used to assist in the opening of the liftgate and also to help secure the gate closed.
If the arms were to freeze this could cause the arms to become separated from the vehicle. If the lifting arms were to separate, they could project rearward with extreme force. By doing so the arms would present a major risk of injury to persons and property.
Volvo has stated that it will replace the tailgate lifting arms with an improved design. This repair will take less than half a day and be performed free of charge.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 45,000 cars are included in this recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.