If you're one of the 8,406 people who bought a 2007 Volvo S80 between March of 2006 and May of 2007, be prepared to make a service appointment at your local dealership. S80 sedans manufactured during this time period are being recalled due to power steering reservoir return hoses that may have been incorrectly routed.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an incorrectly routed hose can result in increased pressure within the power steering system. If this happens, it's possible for the hose to burst, resulting in a loss of power steering capability for the car.

Volvo will begin contacting owners starting in August, and any necessary repairs will be performed free of charge. Follow the jump to read NHTSA's official recall statement.
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Vehicle Make / Model: VOLVO / S80
Model Year(s): 2007


Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 21, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V378000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,406

Summary

VOLVO IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007 S80 PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 8, 2006, THROUGH MAY 16, 2007. THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR RETURN HOSE MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY ROUTED, WHICH CAN RESULT IN INCREASED PRESSURE IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM. THE POWER STEERING RETURN HOSE MAY BURST AT THE STEERING GEAR DUE TO THE INCREASED PRESSURE, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF POWER STEERING FLUID.

Consequence

THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy

VOLVO DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE ROUTING OF THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR RETURN HOSE AND MAKE REPAIRS AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-201-768-7300.

Notes

VOLVO SAFETY RECALL NO. R246. 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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