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Fuel Tank Recall Notice

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Vehicles manufactured by Volvo are the subject of two different recalls newly announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). The recall, both involving problems with fuel systems, cover more than 140,000 vehicles manufactured within the past decade.

The first recall is directed at 136,100 2001-2005 model year S60, S80, V70, XC70, and XC90 vehicles sold and operated in warmer climates. According to NHTSA, the fuel pump can develop cracks in its flange when exposed to hot temperatures (and thermal cycling) combined with varying fuel quality. A compromised flange may leak fuel and/or result in a fire. Owners are instructed to bring their vehicles into the dealer for inspection. If the part is defective, Volvo will replaced it with modified flange at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

The second recall is directed at 5,253 2010 model year XC60 vehicles. According to NHTSA, a fuel line rail cover designed to protect the fuel lines on the XC60 may be improperly attached, thus exposing the lines to damage. The damaged pieces may leak, possibly resulting in a fire. Owners of the affected models are asked to bring their vehicles to the dealer for inspection and/or a repair at no charge. The recall campaign is scheduled to begin in January 2010.

Recieved the notice in the mail of a fuel tank recall/inspection for my 850.

MVS forum member matthew1 writes:

The Reason for This Campaign

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, has determined that in cerrtain cases, after prolonged exposure to extreme heat, the fuel tank in model year 1994-1997 Volvo 850 vehicles may develop seepage at the heat shield attachment. This is because the heat shield attachement locations may not meet certain Volvo specifications. When this occurs, a fuel odor may be present.

And it goes on to urge me to make an appointment with my dealer to have it checked. I’ll let you know more when I take it in.

MVS forum member beachwagon adds:

Took ours in to Volvo Dealer right away… to avoid any possible exploding wagon issues.

Dealer replaced gas tank bushings – took less than an hour – no charges, no hassles.

Only problem – spouse spent the hour in the showroom drooling over XC90 – encouraged by helpful salesperson.

New rule: spouse no longer allowed to bring car to dealer!

MVS forum member VolvoFreak says:

I called my parents, who have a ’95 850 Turbo, about this and my dad called Volvo directly. He was told about the recall and that they didn’t have him as the owner of the vehicle because of him buying it used from an individual. Also, he confirmed that my ’93 glt isn’t part of the recall.

Fuel Tank Recall Notic

1 Comment

I have a 1996 Volvo 850 where the fuel tank started leaking about a week or so ago. Didn’t notice anything at first other than a slight hint of fuel vapors. Only had 1/4 a tank of fuel. Filled up with gas and the fuel smell got more pronounced. Looked underneath and found gas coming out of the driver’s side of the tank. Took it to my mechanic and he pointed where the leak was coming from…from the bushing of the mounting stud for the heatshield. Called the dealer with my VIN #…dealer comes back with an answer of “your VIN# does not show that your car is part of the recall”. Even with the exact same problem, they will not cover repairs. What other recourse do I have?

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