Wednesday 18 September 2019

Volvo recalls 6,000 Irish cars over 'fire risk' and warns drivers to be vigilant

 

The 6,000 Irish models are part of 500,000-plus affected worldwide. Photo: PA
The 6,000 Irish models are part of 500,000-plus affected worldwide. Photo: PA
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Around 6,000 Irish owners of Volvos affected by a fire-hazard recall are being asked to watch and listen for any "unusual" engine noise or dashboard warning lights.

In a letter to customers, the company lists a number of items for them to monitor.

It asks that if drivers notice "any unusual engine operation including, but not limited to, the engine management light being lit, engine interruption or lack of power", they should contact their local Volvo retailer.

The letter also advises that if drivers identify "any unusual smell", they should stop, when safe to do so, and contact Volvo Assistance or their recovery agent.

The cars are being recalled over fears that a fault in the engine compartment could start a fire. The company is at pains to point out that the recall is a preventative step to avert possible problems.

The 6,000 Irish models are part of 500,000-plus affected worldwide.

The Volvo spokeswoman in Dublin said the company was contacting all "potentially affected (Irish) customers" by letter, asking them to contact their local dealer to have the problem fixed.

The cars being recalled are 2-litre 4-cylinder diesel models produced between 2014 and 2019. The specific models are S60, S80, S90 saloons, the V40, V60, V70 and V90 estates, as well as the XC60 and XC90 SUVs. Customers will not incur expense for remedial work.

Explaining the recall, Volvo said internal investigations had "identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform", thereby causing a risk of fire.

It said that in "the most extreme cases", there is the possibility "that a localised engine bay fire may occur".

Irish Independent

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