Four-cylinder diesel engine's plastic manifold is prone to melting; 69,616 cars are affected in the UK
Felix Page Autocar writer
22 July 2019

Volvo has recalled 507,000 cars globally, including 69,616 in the UK, over concerns that a faulty engine component could cause a fire.

The recall was prompted by a number of reported incidents concerning the firm’s four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engines fitted in cars between 2014 and 2019. An investigation identified a plastic engine intake manifold that could melt and ignite a fire in the engine bay. No other powertrains are affected. 

The issue relates to certain S60, S60 Cross Country, S80S90V40, V40 Cross Country, V60V60 Cross Country, V70V90V90 Cross Country, XC60, XC70 and XC90 models. 

The Swedish car maker is currently in the process of contacting all owners and advising them of potential warning signs. 

Customers are warned that an early symptom of the problem is an abnormal smell, which Volvo says “is an odour which is not usually present whilst driving your car”. Other symptoms include engine interruption, loss of power and illumination of the engine warning light. The company says there have been instances of the problem occurring in the UK but hasn't specified how many. 

Drivers who are concerned their vehicle could catch fire are instructed to pull over and call Volvo’s On-Call recovery service for recovery to a local dealership for repair. A fix will be carried out free of charge if the problem is found to be related to the vulnerable intake manifold. 

Despite the fire risk, Volvo advised owners: “Provided your car is not showing any of the symptoms outlined in the letter, it is safe to continue to use your car.”

The nature of the necessary repair has not yet been determined. Volvo says “the complete solution is still under development at this time and is an urgent priority”. 

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A company statement said: “The safety and continued satisfaction of our customers are very important to us. We take this situation very seriously and are working to finalise a fix for the cars.

“In the meantime, it is important we make customers aware of this potential issue so they are able to react accordingly should any symptoms indicating an issue occur.”

The news comes as Volvo celebrates record sales in the first half of 2019, with 340,286 cars sold between January and June. The brand's range of SUVs was largely responsible for the success, accounting for 60.7% of all sales. 

In 2016, Volvo was forced to recall 79,000 cars in the US over concerns about a fault in the seatbelt mechanisms of some of its models. 

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22 July 2019

...the doom and gloom pessimists, do not rush to judgement over this...remember it's not necessarily the mistake, but how it is dealt with that matters. Suzuki with the Celerio, Toyota with various models, all had issues and they were dealt with promptly and efficiently, don't expect Volvo will do things any differently.

 

Guess that won't stop the haters...see below...

22 July 2019

Customers are warned that an early symptom of your car being on fire is an abnormal smell, which Volvo says “is an odour which is not usually present whilst driving your car”.

22 July 2019

The inlet manifold is one of the last places you'd want a fire and upto 500,000 fixes could be quite a few krona.

Could be worse, if this was JLR we'd be up to 10 pages by now!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 July 2019
xxxx wrote:

The inlet manifold is one of the last places you'd want a fire and upto 500,000 fixes could be quite a few krona.

Could be worse, if this was JLR we'd be up to 10 pages by now!

 

There's a grading for places to catch fire, first to last?.

22 July 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

The inlet manifold is one of the last places you'd want a fire and upto 500,000 fixes could be quite a few krona.

Could be worse, if this was JLR we'd be up to 10 pages by now!

 

There's a grading for places to catch fire, first to last?.

Last place you'd want a fire is without doubt the fuel system!

22 July 2019
m2srt wrote:
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

The inlet manifold is one of the last places you'd want a fire and upto 500,000 fixes could be quite a few krona.

Could be worse, if this was JLR we'd be up to 10 pages by now!

 

There's a grading for places to catch fire, first to last?.

Last place you'd want a fire is without doubt the fuel system!

 

In a diesel engine, fuel arrives in the cylinder via the injector. Only air passes via the inlet manifold. Or am I missing something?

22 July 2019

True but can't be far away from the fuel lines. Be interesting the know the part involved, the fix and cost. Even if the dealer gets paid by  Volvo a £100 that's £50 million. Small fry in the car world  I suppose

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 July 2019

when cars became (entirely) mechanically reliable, and stopped rusting - it felt like the 1990s/early 2000s. Since which time brands which thrived from this base have truly let down car buyers. Too many to mention, and now Volvo. Guys, engineering (and manufacturing) is only good if the vehicle is durable and reliable.

22 July 2019

... you're driving along, minding your own business, and you start to think "something smells hot!", you've got to pull over. All the fire recalls we've had over the last few years... have of you bought an extinguisher?! Volvo has plastic manifolds catching fire, vauxhall (and others) have heater fans doing it, ferrari have engine bay sound insulation doing it, and somehow it's only Lotus you appear to dig at for quality and problems?

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