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Volvo Recalls 136,000 Vehicles for Fuel Leaks

Cracking fuel pump flange leads to leaks, possibly fires.

by on Dec.21, 2009

At the very least, all owners get an extended fuel pump warranty.

Volvo is recalling 2001-2005 S80 models, 2001-2004 V70, S60 and XC70 models; and model year 2003-2005 XC90 vehicles sold in or registered in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and the U.S. territories.

The fuel pump can develop cracks in the fuel pump flange when exposed to a hot climate and temperature cycling over time, and in combination with varying fuel quality.

Critics of such regional recalls note that potentially unsafe vehicles are left unaccounted for, as makers attempt to hold down the  cost of the action to areas where  most failures occur.


Vehicle owners may notice fuel smell and/or fuel leak which, in the hot under hood environment, could result in a fire.


Volvo’s Still for Sale…

But does anyone want to buy it?

by on Jan.30, 2009

Prize for a new owner? Volvo's new XC60

Prize for a new owner? Volvo's new XC60

You may not be hearing much from the rumor mill, now that reports that BMW wants to buy Volvo have been quashed, but the Swedish maker is still on the auction block, according to Alan Mulally, CEO of Volvo’s American parent, Ford Motor Co.

That’s probably no surprise considering Ford’s dire financial problems. Earlier this week, the automer announced it lost $5.9 billion during the fourth quarter and has now run up more than $26 billion in red ink over the last two years alone.

During a conversation with reporters, Mulally declined to discuss the Volvo situation in any detail, but noted, at one point, that the Swedish maker’s management team was concentrating on turning the business around and said that Volvo would follow through with the launch of the new XC60, under the Ford flag, as planned this spring. Mulally also indicated Ford would continue to support Volvo’s effort to upgrade its product line. A freshened version of the S80 will come to market later this year.