2012 Volvo S60, XC60: Recall Alert

March 18, 2012

Volvo is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Volvo S60 sedans and XC60 crossovers over concerns about excessive underbody coatings that could penetrate fuel lines and cause a fire.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 2,742. Documentation from Volvo (PDF) identifies the production dates as follows: 2012 Volvo S60, produced from January 10, 2012 through February 3, 2012; 2012 Volvo XC60, produced from January 10, 2012 through January 26, 2012.

2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design First Drive

2012 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design First Drive

The problem

According to the NHTSA bulletin, affected vehicles may have an incorrect mixture of underbody coating, too much of which can result in rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from the vehicle’s undercarriage.

If the vehicle has this condition, the underbody coating may penetrate the fuel line and cause fuel to leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

What Volvo will do

Volvo is notifying owners of affected 2012 S60 sedans and XC60 crossovers by first class mail, instructing them to take their vehicles to a Volvo dealer for a no-charge inspection. Dealers will inspect the vehicles, removing any excessive undercoating, if found. If fuel lines are damaged, they will be replaced. The Volvo safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or before April 13, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 Volvo S60 sedans and XC60 crossovers with any questions or concerns may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Reference the Volvo safety recall campaign No. R251.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V101000.

Note that this is the second recall this month involving 2012 Volvo S60 and XC60 vehicles. The earlier one, which also involved certain 2012 Volvo S80 and XC70 vehicles, was for an improperly attached wiring harness.

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