Volvo has issued a recall for more than 7,800 vehicles from the 2016 model-year, including the Volvo S60, V60, V60CC, XC60, XC70, and S80. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical problem that could cause them to stall in traffic.
The problem is rooted in the fuse associated with Volvo's stop/start motor. While the fuse appears to function normally when cars are in motion, there have been reports of the fuse overloading when vehicles re-start -- for example, when accelerating from a full stop at an intersection or in heavy traffic.
Should that happen, the motor won't restart until the fuse is replaced. If the fuse blows in traffic, it could increase the risk of an accident, especially a rear-end collision.
The recall affects Volvo S60, V60, V60CC, XC60, XC70, and S80 models built between April 8, 2015 and August 19, 2015. Volvo says that 7,855 vehicles registered in the U.S. will need to be repaired.
Volvo plans to mail recall notices to owners no later than October 12. After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to a Volvo dealer, who will install a higher-amperage fuse for the starter motor.
In the meantime, Volvo says that owners can turn off the stop/start feature by pressing the stop/start button in their vehicles. However, they'll need to do so every time they start their vehicle until the fuse problem is fixed.
If you have questions, you're encouraged to contact Volvo customer service at 800-458-1552 or visit https://volvo.custhelp.com. The recall number for this issue is R39574.
You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V555000.