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Ford, Volvo Announce New Recalls

“Carpet entrapment,” transmission problems spur action.

by on Jul.16, 2012

The first 10,000 of the new 2013 Ford Escape crossovers will be recalled.

Are automakers ordering more recalls this year? While it will likely be the end of 2012 before that question can be answered it certainly seems like more than a few days don’t go by without another headline about some safety problem or another leading to a new callback – or two, as is the case today.

The latest recalls come from Ford Motor Co., which is pulling the carpet out from underneath its new Escape crossover, so to speak, and from Volvo, whose S80 sedan appears to be slipping gears.

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The Ford recall is likely to make the most headlines as it impacts the all-new 2013 Escape, a hot-selling version of the makers long-running ute that this year migrated from a classic truck-like frame platform to an all-new, car-based crossover design.


Volvo Recalls C30, S40N, V50 for Defective Shifters

A gearshift lever stud may not have been properly torqued during assembly, as a result the shifter can fail.

by on Jun.21, 2010

A whole new meaning to "shiftless" is possible.

Volvo is recalling model year 2010-2011 C30, and model year 2010 S40 and V50 vehicles equipped with 6-speed manual transmissions. The gearshift lever stud-assembly may not have been tightened to the correct specification during assembly.

If the gearshift lever cable or stud assembly becomes loose, it may not be possible to engage, disengage or shift gears, according to a filing by Volvo to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Dealers will torque the gearshift lever stud to the correct specification free of charge as required by law. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2010. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or about Volvo safety recall number R227.


Owners 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 NHTSA Campaign Id Number: 10V255000