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Volvo Hit With $1.5 Mil Fine for Delaying Recalls

by on Jul.06, 2012

Volvo has been fined for delaying a series of recalls.

Volvo’s shiny halo as an automotive safety advocates has been tarnished a bit by federal regulators who allege the Swedish maker illegally delayed action on seven separate recalls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is fining Volvo $1.5 million for the delays which involved a total of 32,000 vehicles in 2010 and 2012.  Some of the recalls were relatively minor, such as one involving incorrect tire pressure labels, but others were more significant, including problems with vehicle stalling and defective airbags.

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Though it officially denies any wrongdoing, Volvo has agreed to pay the fines and stated that it has “taken steps to improve the review process and analysis of potential quality and safety issues with our vehicles.”


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.