Over 500,000 Volvo cars are being recalled worldwide due to a fire risk in the engine caused by a malfunctioning plastic part.
The car manufacturer says that only a few rare cases have seen the part cause a fire, but drivers should still be careful.
Possible engine fires
Volvo says that in these rare cases, the plastic part in the engine has melted and deformed, leading to a possible engine fire.
The cars that are affected by this problem are four-cylinder diesel engine models. Specifically, they are the 2014-2019 versions of the following models: S80, S60, V70, XC70, S60 Cross Country, V60, XC60, V60 Cross Country, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90, V40, and V40 Cross Country.
As per the Guardian, a spokesman has said that only "a few" fires have actually occurred to date, with no report of injuries.
Working on a fix
Owners of the cars have received letters from Volvo warning them of the engine fire risk. They have been informed that it is safe to continue using their cars, but they should be aware of the issue, as well as "symptoms" in the car.
These "symptoms" include a lack of power, the warning light coming on, or an "unusual smell."
As soon as a fix is available, Volvo says they will get in touch again with the vehicle owners.
Taking full responsibility
In a statement, the car company said: “We take this situation very seriously and are working to finalize a fix for the cars.
“We are taking full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars. We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers and we apologize for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for our customers’ cooperation.”
Volvo, a Chinese-owned and Sweden-based company, already recalled about 30,000 diesel vehicles in the UK in January due to a fault in their fuel lines that could have caused fires.