Massive Volvo Recall Over Fears Engine Might Catch Fire

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is recalling more than a million vehicles worldwide because of a faulty engine part that may be at risk of melting.

Eight models have been recalled in Australia, the company announced on Monday, affecting 3,828 vehicles.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warns a faulty plastic engine valve may cause the intake manifold to melt and, in extreme cases, catch fire.

"If the engine intake manifold melts/deforms, the engine may experience reduced power, increasing the risk of an accident, injury or fire hazard," the ACCC said.

Volvo spokesman Stefan Elfstrom told Sweden’s TT News Agency that the company’s investigations have found “it has led to a car fire in a few cases.”

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The recall affects four-cylinder diesel models built between 2014 and 2019, including SUVs, hatchbacks, luxury sedans and wagons.

Impacted Models

Volvo S60 Model Years 2014-2018

Volvo S90 Model Years 2017-2018

Volvo V40 Model Years 2015-2019

Volvo V40 Cross Country Model Years 2015-2019

Volvo V60 Model Years 2014-2018

Volvo V90 Cross Country Model Years 2017-2019

Volvo XC60 Model Years 2014-2017

Volvo XC90 Model Years 2016-2018

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Volvo Car Australia will contact affected owners in writing, and once new parts become available owners will need to arrange an appointment to have their vehicle repaired.

"If owners notice any unusual engine operation, such as the engine management light being lit, engine interruption or lack of power, please contact your local Volvo retailer," the ACCC said.

It comes just over six months after the manufacturer recalled over 200,000 cars due to concerns a faulty fuel line could develop cracks and cause fuel to leak into the engine bay.