Volvo has initiated a recall for 507,000 vehicles globally due to a faulty engine component which could, under extreme circumstances, cause a fire.
The Swedish brand stated that its own investigations found that “in very rare cases the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform.” The models being recalled were all produced between 2014 and 2019 and are equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engines.
This means that S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90 owners should be on the lookout for a recall notice, directing them towards their local retailer, as reported by Autonews Europe. As of right now, there haven’t been any reports of accidents or personal injuries due to this issue.
“In the very worst case, there is a possibility that a localized engine bay fire may occur,” said Volvo.
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While a spokesperson for the automaker refused to provide any details regarding a potential financial impact, Volvo will of course make sure that customers will not incur any costs with regards to fixing this issue.
Speaking of costs, a recent report pointed to Volvo looking to reduce its workforce to the tune of several hundred employees. However, a representative for the automaker confirmed that plant workers wouldn’t have to worry.
“We don’t have numbers to share, but changes will primarily impact consultants working within the company. Staff related to direct production will not be impacted.”
In the first quarter of 2019, Volvo registered a 19.3% decrease in operating profit, while their net income dropped by 21.6%. Still, sales have been trending upwards by 9.4% globally, with 161,320 units sold.