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Volvo Recalls 2,700 New Cars

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On: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Volvo Recalls 2,700 New Cars

If you happen to have just purchased a brand new 2012 Volvo S60 or XC60, you may just be one of 2,742 new owners that will have to turn that Volvo right back around and head back to the dealership. It seems that while on the assembly line, the factory may have over sprayed the coating they use on the underbody of these cars. An over application of this coating can (like any liquid) cause it to drip down, and in this case, cause it to form icicle-like structures. 

The coating-icicles are not necessarily the problem -- it's the fact that these icicles can actually puncture fuel lines, causing fuel to leak and potentially a fire. Owners will be contacted beginning in mid-April, but early appointments are okay too.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Volvo / S602012
Volvo / XC602012
Manufacturer:Volvo Cars of N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date:Mar 13, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V101000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Structure: Body
Potential Number of Units Affected:2,742


Volvo is recalling certain model year 2012 S60 and XC60 passenger vehicles. An incorrect mixture of underbody coating and over-application can result in rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from vehicle’s undercarriage.


If this condition exists, the underbody coating may penetrate the fuels lines and cause fuel leakage, increasing the risk of a fire.


Dealers will inspect the vehicle undercarriage, and if excessive underbody coating is found in the fuel line area, it will be removed. If the inspection reveals that the fuel lines are damaged, they will be replaced. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before April 13, 2012. Owners may contact Volvo Customer Care Center at 1-800-458-1552.


Volvo safety recall no. R251. Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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