Volvo recalled more than 85,000 sedans because of faulty fuel pumps that could cause the engine to stall or lose power, posing a serious crash risk. According to Consumer Reports, the recall involves a range of Volvo vehicles that could feature the dangerous fault. The potentially defective vehicle models included in the recall are the S60 and S90 sedans, XC60 and XC90 SUVs, and V60 and V90 wagons from the 2019 and 2020 model years.
Details of the Recall
In these vehicles, if the fuel pump fails while the car is in motion, the engine could stall and lose power. Hybrid vehicles included in the recall may briefly run only on battery power before stalling. If the fuel pump fails while the car is switched off, it may not start. Warning lights may also show on the gauges behind the steering wheel.
According to documents submitted to Volvo by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a 15-amp fuse in the fuel pump may blow unnecessarily, which could cut off fuel to the engine, thereby leading to a stall. Volvo has said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.
When the recall begins, Volvo dealerships will replace the 15-amp fuse with a 20-amp fuse, which should not blow easily. New vehicles are already being built with fuel pumps, including a 20-amp fuse. Vehicle owners are asked to contact Volvo directly at 1-800-458-1552 for more information. If you suspect you may own one of these vehicles, visit NHTSA’s website and plug in your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN to determine if your vehicle is included in this recall.
Dangers of Vehicle Stalling
Stalled vehicles have the potential to cause significant injuries and damages. When your vehicle suddenly stalls on a busy roadway or freeway, for example, there is the danger of getting struck by other vehicles at high speed. When a car stalls when it is in motion, there is a possibility that the driver loses control and crashes. Several accidents on California’s freeways involve stalled vehicles struck by others on the freeway.
Automakers are responsible for manufacturing and designing safe vehicles for consumers. They are also legally obligated to report vehicle defects promptly and issue recalls promptly. If you have been injured due to a vehicle defect, whether or not the vehicle is part of a recall, you may receive compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.
Injured victims can file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one due to an auto defect, you may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation. An experienced auto defect lawyer can help injured victims and families that have lost loved ones to defective automobiles secure justice and fair compensation for their losses.