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Volvo recalls XC90

Leaky: Volvo's 3.2-litre petrol XC90 SUV needs to go back for surgery to replace a potentially faulty fuel line.

Potential fire risk from faulty fuel line grounds Volvo’s MY10 XC90

29 Apr 2010

VOLVO has recalled 40 examples of its latest XC90 due to a faulty fuel line that could lead to a fire in the right front wheel housing.

The problem affects only the entry-level 3.2-litre petrol version of Volvo’s MY10 XC90 luxury SUV, with vehicle identification numbers ranging between 546203 and 553594.

“A manufacturing defect in the fuel pressure line may result in a fuel smell and/or fuel seepage,” said Volvo in today’s recall notice. “Since the fuel line is working under a constant pressure, some seepage can, within a short period of time, potentially develop into a greater leakage.

“In a worst case scenario, such leakage may, with the addition of an external ignition source, potentially lead to a fire in the right front wheel house area.”

Volvo has advised owners of affected vehicles to contact an authorised Volvo dealer to arrange inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the fuel pressure line.

The XC90 issue follows a safety recall for D5 diesel versions of Volvo’s MY2007-2008 S80 luxury sedan and current XC70 crossover earlier this month, due to excessive belt tensioner wear that could lead to a loss of power steering assistance.

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