• Dec 22, 2009
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Vehicles manufactured by Volvo are the subject of two different recalls newly announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The recalls, both involving problems with fuel systems, cover more than 140,000 vehicles manufactured within the past decade.

The first recall is directed at 136,100 2001-2005 model year S60, S80, V70, XC70, and XC90 vehicles sold and operated in warmer climates. According to NHTSA, the fuel pump can develop cracks in its flange when exposed to hot temperatures (and thermal cycling) combined with varying fuel quality. A compromised flange may leak fuel and/or result in a fire. Owners are instructed to bring their vehicles into the dealer for inspection. If the part is defective, Volvo will replaced it with modified flange at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

The second recall is directed at 5,253 2010 model year XC60 vehicles. According to NHTSA, a fuel line rail cover designed to protect the fuel lines on the XC60 may be improperly attached, thus exposing the lines to damage. The damaged pieces may leak, possibly resulting in a fire. Owners of the affected models are asked to bring their vehicles to the dealer for inspection and/or a repair at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

Owners are asked to contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more information. The full text from both recall notices is after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]

Vehicle Make / Model / Model Year(s):

VOLVO / S60 2001-2004
VOLVO / S80 2002-2005
VOLVO / V70 2001-2004
VOLVO / XC70 2001-2004
VOLVO / XC90 2003-2005

Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 17, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V483000 PE09039
NHTSA Action Number: PE09039

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 136100

Summary:

VOLVO IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001-2005 S80, MODEL YEAR 2001-2004 V70, S60, XC70 AND MODEL YEAR 2003-2005 XC90 VEHICLES SOLD IN OR REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ALABAMA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, NORTH CAROLINA, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VIRGINIA AND THE U.S. TERRITORIES. THE FUEL PUMP CAN DEVELOP CRACKS IN THE FUEL PUMP FLANGE WHEN EXPOSED TO CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS (HOT CLIMATE AND TEMPERATURE CYCLING) OVER TIME AND IN COMBINATION WITH VARYING FUEL QUALITY.

Consequence:

IF THE CONDITION OCCURS VEHICLE OWNERS MAY NOTICE FUEL SMELL AND/OR FUEL LEAK WHICH, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FUEL PUMP INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE, AND, IF IT IS THE DEFECTIVE PUMP, REPLACE IT WITH A PART OF A MODIFIED DESIGN. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE CAMPAIGN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 866-637-3774.

Notes:

VOLVO SAFETY RECALL NO. R220. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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Vehicle Make / Model / Model Years(s):

VOLVO / XC60 2010

Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 09, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V477000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 5253

Summary:

VOLVO IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2010 XC60 VEHICLES. THE FUEL LINE RAIL COVER THAT PROTECTS THE FUEL LINES UNDER THE VEHICLE MAY NOT BE PROPERLY ATTACHED EXPOSING THE FUEL LINES TO DAMAGE.

Consequence:

DAMAGE TO THE FUEL LINES MAY RESULT IN A FUEL LEAK WHICH, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FUEL LINE RAIL COVER FOR PROPER ATTACHMENT AND REATTACH IF NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.

Notes:

VOLVO RECALL R218. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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  • 5 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      So Volvo is the world's safest car, huh! The yuppies have been SOBBING about the demise of SAAB, now they have something else to SOB about!
      • 4 Years Ago
      what about the transmission failures on 01/02 xc wagons-it is very common --ask any volvo dealer
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not the first time Volvo has has fire problems! Oh well, the Chinese will own it soon. :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmm - Anyone know if platform-related Ford models are likely to see a similar recall?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They shouldn't. Even though Volvo and Ford share platforms, each company designs and sources it's fuel components to different companies. Even the new Taurus has two different suppliers for fuel delivery modules.