Recently, Volvo announced a recall of approximately 7,600 5-cylinder 2012 S60 sedans due to a stalling problem, reports The New York Times. The auto manufacturer attributes the problem to an incompatibility with the affected vehicles’ software. The software that is used to regulate the fuel pump of these vehicles are equipped with 5-cylinder engines that may not distribute a sufficient amount of fuel to the active part of the fuel tank. This can result in engine hesitation or stalling as though the vehicle has run out of fuel, even when the fuel gauge indicates there is up to one-fourth of a tank of fuel left.
The 5-cylinder engine is only available on entry-level, front-wheel drive S60 sedans. Volvo’s all-wheel drive T6 and R Design models have 6-cylinder engines and are not affected by the recall. According to the automaker, it has received 23 warranty claims regarding the problem but has not received any reports of accidents.
Volvo will begin to notify affected vehicle owners in mid-June to take their vehicle to a dealer to have the engine control module software updated for free. Consumers with questions can contact Volvo by calling 1-201-768-7300 or the Vehicle Safety Hotline of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236.
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