Huge Volvo Recall Affects Over 85,000 Cars: Is Your Car Included?

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If you’re a Volvo driver, there’s a recall you need to be aware of. The Swedish automaker has issued a notice regarding over 85,000 vehicles in the US alone. According to an NHTSA notice issued on Wednesday, the recall covers most of the company’s vehicles from the 2019 and 2020 model years.

The problem in question can affect XC60 and XC90 SUVs, S60 and S90 sedans, and V60 and V90 station wagons. All of the affected vehicles are from either 2019 or 2020, making this a sweeping recall for the company. If you’ve purchased a Volvo in the past two years, this recall could affect your car.

Reason for the Recall

The recall is being issued due to a hardware failure that can occur in the low-pressure fuel pump in affected vehicles. The fuel pump is the part that sends fuel from the gas tank to the filter and into the fuel rail. From there, the fuel is sent into the combustion chambers, where it is subjected to heat and combusts. That combustion gives traditional engines their energy and propels the vehicle.

In the affected Volvo vehicles, an issue in the fuel pump can cause a fuse to short. That, in turn, can lead to issues relating to fuel flow. In extreme cases, the NHTSA reports, this fuel pump failure can lead to engine stalls. Should a car engine stall while in traffic, the risk of an accident is very high: sudden stops are a common cause of rear-end collisions.

Notably, hybrid vehicles are still at risk of this issue, though they’ll continue to function normally on battery power until they need to switch over to normal fuel. At that point, if the fuel pump short has occurred, even hybrid vehicles could also stall.

As of the time of this writing, Volvo has stated that it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of this issue.

The Fix

Should your vehicle be affected by this issue, you’ll be notified by Volvo via mail. When you get a recall notice, you can take your vehicle to a Volvo dealership to receive repairs. The fix sounds relatively straightforward: mechanics with Volvo will simply replace your fuel pump’s fuse.

The repair will be offered free of charge, which is par the course for vehicular recalls. In the meantime, if you own one of the vehicles listed in the recall, it’s recommended that you avoid driving at high speeds or in areas with heavy traffic until you have the repairs done. It’s always a good idea to drive carefully, though, even if your car hasn’t been recalled for engine stall risks.