Volvo Recalls their S60 Vehicles Once Again
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 03, 2014 in Defective Products
Just as everyone was celebrating New Years Eve, Volvo announced the recall of more than 30,000 of their S60 models due to an issue with the oil pressure warning system. According to information on the recall via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers may not be warned of dropping oil pressure which could cause the car to stall out.
Although there have not been any reports of car accidents or injuries, should the vehicle stall the chances of an accident are increased.
There were at least three incidents in which drivers reported hearing some type of engine noise, including a knocking-type sound. Customers said there were no warning messages and that their vehicles had just recently been serviced. One customer heard an engine noise and then noticed the vehicle has started to stall. Again, no oil pressure message was displayed and the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the engine was replaced.
According to information from the NHTSA the first report of a problem was in February 2013 although the vehicle recall was not announced until nearly 10 months later. According to the NHTSA manufacturers are supposed to inform the safety board within five days of when they are aware of a safety problem, failing to do so may result in civil fines.
The recall is just one of many involving Volvo's S60 models. Since 2001 certain models have been recalled for issues involving the braking system, master cylinder, the fuel pump, and even the navigational system.
The S60 has been chosen as a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety since 2011 however manufacturing issues continue to be a problem. Despite how safe the vehicle may be during a car accident, it is important that the manufacturer do everything they can to ensure that their defective product is not the cause of a crash.