By on July 22, 2019

Volvo Cars is recalling 507,000 vehicles worldwide over a bum engine component that it claims could lead to an engine fire. However, according to the automaker’s own internal investigation, the more likely scenario involves the vehicles’ plastic intake manifold melting — though it stated this prospect was still “very rare.”

Affected vehicles include all Volvo models equipped with the 2.0-liter diesel between 2014 and 2019 — that’s the S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90. The company said it is unaware of any reports of accidents or personal injuries stemming from the problem and was keen to remedy the issue as swiftly as possible. 

“In the very worst case, there is a possibility that a localized engine bay fire may occur,” a company spokesperson told Bloomberg. When asked about the financial impact of the recall, the Geely subsidiary declined to comment. No surprises there. Volvo sold 642,253 units globally in 2018 (a record), so this recall represents a sizable portion of its back catalog.

Obviously, repairs will be conducted free of charge and customers are expected to be notified shortly via mail. They’ll be instructed to take the cars into their local dealership for the fix. While the details on that have yet to be shared, Volvo will presumably replace the intake manifold with one made out of more-robust materials.


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6 Comments on “Volvo Recalls 507,000 Diesel Vehicles Globally...”

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    No Volvo three and four cylinder diesels in North America to worry about. The peanut gallery will have a bite of this no doubt just for old times’ sake.

    I take it as a stroke of genius that anyone could make a diesel plastic intake manifold melt – turn down the EGR or up the spec of the plastic or install a more effective intercooler. Volvo may be Chinese-owned but the development is all carried out in Sweden, which is cooler than much of the rest of Europe, one presumes.

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    So will we read another deadweight rant about Chinese companies and cars and how awful they are…

    Oh wait, this is Geeley owned Volvo, not GM.

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    Let me make an educated guess: it’s all Ford’s fault because of Pinto and unfortunate ownership of Volvo.

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    I also shocked that Volvo sold more cars than Tesla.

    Let’s see how Volvo is going to manage Li Ion batteries. Whole Volvo’s raison d’être is driver’s and passenger’s safety.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    There hasn’t been a Volvo Diesel automobile here in the states since the 80’s when they sold the 240 and 740 which used a Volkswagen engine.

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    I couldn’t help looking at that male-symbol logo and wondering why some group hasn’t pressured them to make it more inclusive.

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