Volvo has recalled 5 lakh cars globally and 3,000 cars in India. These cars were produced during the period 2014-2019. The affected cars include S80, S60, V70, XC70, S60 Cross Country, V60, XC60, V60 Cross Country, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90, V40 and V40 Cross Country.
The reason for recall is due to a faulty engine component which could cause fire. As per a Volvo spokesperson, there have been a few owners who have reported fire incident till date. But none incidents of injury or accident have been reported.
The problem with the 4 cylinder diesel 2.0 liter engine from Volvo is that there is a component which consists of a plastic intake. There is a possibility that this could melt or deform, which may lead to a serious fire hazard. Though no reports of casualty or accident has been reported due to this constraint, the company has issued a recall as a precautionary measure.
Volvo has started contacting customers for a free check. Those cars which are faulty, will be fixed by the dealer for free. Before visiting dealer, owners are requested to take an appointment as the dealer needs to have the replacement component in stock. It will take a couple of hours for the dealer to fix the issue.
If the replacement component is not available, owners are requested to drive carefully, and keep an eye out for the engine warning light. If it comes on, take the car to a nearby dealer immediately. Another symptom of this problem is sudden lack of power delivery.
Volvo cars are considered to be the safest cars on the planet. And this recall does not reflect well on the company. In a media statement, the company said, “We are taking full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars. We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers and we apologise for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for our customers’ cooperation.”