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Volvo has issued out a recall for 2,742 of its 2012 S60 sedan and XC60 crossover for a potential fire risk. The NHTSA recall report cites that an incorrect mixture of underbody coating could have been over applied, resulting in “rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from vehicle’s undercarriage.”
Those icicle-like areas can penetrate the fuel lines causing leaks, increasing the likelihood of a vehicle fire. The recall will begin on April 13th and dealerships will inspect the underbody to remove any excess coating and ensure that the fuel lines have not been damaged. If the fuel lines are damaged, the dealerships will replace them free of charge.
Luckily no crashes on injuries related to the issue have been reported.
Volvo has issued a recall for 17,000 vehicles today, for risk of front/side airbags not deploying in a crash. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of side airbag issues in the past few weeks, but Volvo is very specific about why this occurs.
2012 models of the Volvo S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 are affected.
Volvo states that the issue is with one of its wiring harnesses, that can become disconnected while adjusting a seats position. As a result, side or front airbags may not deploy properly, if at all. Additionally, the seat-belt pretensioner may not deploy as well.
Volvo says that these issues increase the risk of injury when involved in a crash, and are notifying owners if their vehicle is affected.
For more info contact NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at: 1-888-327-4236