Volvo has launched a recall of S60 sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many of those vehicles suffer from a flaw that may prevent drivers from being alerted when the oil pressure is low.
As a result, drivers might continue driving their S60s until the oil pressure is so low that the vehicle stalls, which could greatly increase the risk of an accident.
NHTSA says that the recall is limited to vehicles manufactured between June 22, 2010 and May 14, 2012. More precisely, it's focused on S60 sedans equipped with five-cylinder, B5254T5 engines. Those engines are coded in the vehicle identification number as "62". (For more on reading VINs, check out this handy article.)
All told, NHTSA says that 30,929 vehicles are included in the Volvo recall.
NHTSA doesn't explain exactly where the S60's problem lies, but the fix is software-related. After owners receive notice of the recall, they'll be able to take their vehicles to Volvo dealers, who will upgrade the S60's software, free of charge. Volvo expects to send out those notices no later than tomorrow.
If you believe that you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Volvo directly at 800-458-1552 and ask about recall R29436. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #13V592000.