Last Tuesday, Volvo confirmed that the company has recalled more than 200,000 diesel cars over fears that fuel could leak into the engine.
The recall affects 30,777 vehicles in the United Kingdom and 219,420 worldwide. It comes after engineers discovered cracks in the fuel lines of several cars. In Sweden, the company’s native, local media reported that the car maker is recalling 37,000 cars.
Volvo said the there has not been any reports of injuries or damage from the fault, so far.
Volvo sold 46,696 cars in the United Kingdom in 2016, and 534,332 globally. It means that a significant number of cars were affected. The firm is “proactively” recalling the cars, so the affected owners should be contacted over the coming days and weeks.
A spokesperson for the company stated: “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.”
According to Aftonbladet, which first published the report regarding the recall, the models that are being recalled are the Volvo S60, S60CC, V40, V40CC, XC60, V70, XC70, V60, V60CC, XC90, and S80.
The paper said that car owners have been able to smell fuel that are coming from the engine room.
The company stated: “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.”
Volvo is the most recent carmaker to be affected by faults after General Motors recalled 1 million pickup trucks and SUVs in the United States in 2018 over problems with its power-assisted steering.
Last September, Ford, the car giant, said that it would recall approximately 2 million cars after it discovered that its seatbelt components were a fire risk.
Volvo said that the repair should take approximately two hours to complete.