Based in Gothenburg, Sweden and owned by Chinese carmaker, Geely, Volvo has a reputation for being one of the safest passenger vehicles on the market.
A smudge on that otherwise clean record has emerged though, as the carmaker has issued a recall for about 507,000 units worldwide (about 70,000 units in the UK), for an issue with the widely-used four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine.
Specifically, there are concerns that a plastic inlet manifold on the engine could melt and, in extreme cases, result in an engine fire.
It is not currently clear which company produced the component for Volvo. Unless there are compelling reasons, OEMs rarely identify a specific supplier.
Models from across the Volvo range manufactured between 2014 and ’19 are affected by the recall, including the V40, S60 (where ‘S’ indicates a saloon model), V60 (‘V’ denotes an estate), the V70, XC70, S90 and V90. SUV models include the XC60 and full-size XC90.
Volvo has stated that it is in the process of contacting vehicle owners to make them aware of the issue.
Symptoms of a problem include an unusual smell from the engine entering the passenger compartment, an engine warning light and/or a general lack of power.
The company stated that if any of the these issues are not present, it is safe to continue using the vehicle. Volvo further added that a fix for the issue is currently being developed.
Volvo has reported record sales over the first half of 2019, selling approximately 340,000 units worldwide over the six-month period. A large part of this success is due to the popular SUV models (60% of sales)), including the recently-introduced compact XC40.
The XC40 was named European Car of the Year at the 2018 Geneva motor show.