Published: Mon, July 22, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Around 6,000 Irish-owned Volvo cars recalled over engine fault fear

Around 6,000 Irish-owned Volvo cars recalled over engine fault fear

Volvo has recalled nearly 70,000 cars in the United Kingdom due to a fire risk caused by an engine fault.

The vehicles affected are year 2014-2019 vehicles with four-cylinder diesel engines.

The manufacturer said that a plastic part in the engine has, in rare cases, been liable to melt and deform, resulting in a possible engine fire.

"In the most extreme cases, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur".

Volvo says it is safe to continue driving the affected cars if there have not been any signs of a problem, such as an engine warning light illuminating, a lack of power or an "unusual smell". Volvo is contacting all affected customers. When asked to provide details of the potential financial impact, Stefan Elfstrom, a spokesman for Volvo Cars, said, "We don't comment on the cost".

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Concerned customers can also contact their United Kingdom dealer on the Volvo website by typing in their postcode.

Volvo makes 600,000 cars each year, of which around 50,000 are sold in the United Kingdom - fewer than are being recalled in the country.

It apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused, stating that it is taking "full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars".

The news comes at a time when BMW is still working to fix the 250,000 cars that were recalled due to an EGR issue that could potentially cause a fire.

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