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T5 Engine Damage Recall for the 2011 and 2012 Volvo S60

T5 Engine Potential -“Driver Not Warned of Low Oil Pressure”

Without being warned of a low oil pressure situation, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle T5 engine until it stalls, which increases the risk of a crash.


Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 S60 vehicles manufactured June 22, 2010, through May 14, 2012, and equipped with 5-cylinder B5254T5 (VIN code 62) engines. In the affected vehicles, the vehicle may not alert the driver of a low oil pressure situation.


Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle’s software so that the driver is alerted should there be a low oil pressure situation, free of charge. The recall began on January 10, 2014. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo’s number for this campaign is R29436.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


 DerekD said:

“Check engine light came on with a rough idle. Went to my most local mechanic (Goodyear) and after they replaced the spark plugs and ignition coils ($600), they told me it didn’t fix the problem and cylinder #5 was running at 18psi. Yay! They contacted Volvo to see if they could understand the issue or had any suggestions and were told “This is a common problem with the 2012 S60 engines and it means the engine is blown” Double Yay! 

I’m now sitting in the Ontario Volvo lobby as they take a look at the vehicle to confirm what I’m sure is the correct diagnosis from Goodyear. I guess I’ll be starting the corporate process of a goodwill.

The sad part about all of this is that my wife is in the market for an SUV and we were set on buying a Volvo (XC60 or XC90). My father’s company has bought half a dozen Volvo’s in the past. Depending on if Volvo steps up and fixes their lemons, we will be looking elsewhere for a car. Sad as we are Volvo enthusiasts.”

S60 Blown Engine illustration

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