Volvo recalls almost 200,000 cars over fuel leak fears

Over 30,000 UK Volvos to be recalled, although company says there are “no reports alleging injuries or damages related to this issue”

Volvo has announced it is recalling 219,000 cars globally due to a potential fuel leak, with 30,777 UK cars affected.

The Volvo recall relates to diesel-engined 2015 to 2016 model year examples of the V40, V40CC, S60, S60CC, V60, V60CC, XC60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 built between 2015 and 2016. In affected cars, a faulty fuel line could develop cracks, allowing fuel to leak into the engine bay.

Volvo sold 46,696 cars in the UK in 2016, and 534,332 globally, meaning a significant proportion of cars are affected. The company is “proactively” recalling the cars, so affected owners should be contacted over coming days and weeks. 

Volvo’s recall of 219,000 cars follows a global action by Toyota in October last year, which saw 2.4 million previous-generation Prius and Auris recalled over a potential stalling issue. BMW, meanwhile, recalled 268,000 UK cars in 2018 over fears a potential glycol leakage from the exhaust gas recirculation cooler could lead to fire.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – the UK organisation responsible for monitoring recalls – recently told Auto Express it was considering linking its MoT and recall database. Some 2.39 cars are subject to an outstanding recall in the UK, almost a million of which are for potentially defective Takata airbags.

A spokesperson for Volvo told Auto Express: “Investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that some vehicles may have small cracks inside one of the fuel lines in the engine compartment. This, in combination with a pressurised fuel system, may over time lead to fuel leakage in the engine compartment.

“There are no reports of damage or injuries related to this issue. Volvo is proactively recalling these cars as a preventative measure to avoid any problems in the future.”

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