Volvo has recalled more than half a million cars due to a manufacturing fault. The cars are at risk of catching on fire in “very rare cases.”
The recalled vehicles are being pulled from the road to a plastic engine intake manifold in their diesel engines. Only 4-cylinder diesel engine cars with model years between 2014 and 2019 are part of the recall.
Thankfully, Volvo reports that although an unspecified number of vehicles caught fire, no one has been injured. No accidents have been reported, but a spokesperson for the company admitted that fires happened “in a few cases.”
Volvo is reaching out directly to customers in order to deal with the issue. The manufacturer is committed to repairing the faulty part as quickly and efficiently as possible. “We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience,” a spokesperson from Volvo stated.
The manufacturer reassured customers that it is still safe to use their cars but to exercise caution. If an engine warning light comes on or you encounter a strange smell in your car—such as melted plastic—then you should not attempt to drive.
Specific models of the S60, S80, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60, and XC90 lines are being recalled. You should receive a letter if your vehicle is affected; if you’re not sure, reach out to your local Volvo dealer. All of Volvo’s 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engines contained the faulty plastic part, and it’s important to check your car just in case.
When vehicle manufacturers are forced to recall faulty cars, it’s always an expensive and lengthy process. For example, Volvo is recalling 70,000 cars in the UK alone—20,000 more than it sells there in an average year.
However, Volvo is having a better year than Ford, which recalled millions of vehicles in 2019, including 1.5 million of its popular F-150 pickup trucks. The issues range from faulty airbags to possible loss of steering while driving.