Chinese-owned Volvo Cars recalls 507,000 vehicles amid fire risk

Swedish carmaker says plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform in 'very rare cases', leading to fires

The S90 is among the models Volvo Cars is recalling.
Volvo Cars
The S90 is among the models Volvo Cars is recalling.

Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, is recalling 507,000 vehicles – including models such as the S60 and V70 – around the world due to a faulty engine component that may cause fires in extreme cases.

Among the cars being recalled are models built in 2014-19 with a two litre four-cylinder diesel engine, including the S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60, and XC90 models.

No injuries or accidents had yet been reported to Volvo Cars, but the firm said customers would receive letters asking them to contact local retailers for corrective action.

The company reportedly said its investigations “had identified that in very rare cases the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform”.

Its statement, cited by Bloomberg, added: “In the very worst case, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur.”

Spokesperson for Volvo Cars, Stefan Elfstrom, said the firm was keen to fix the fault vehicles, adding that customers would not bear these costs.

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