Melting engines are generally a bad thing. So perhaps it is no surprise that Swedish carmaker Volvo has decided to recall some 500,000 vehicles because of concerns that the vehicles’ engines could succumb to heat and even catch fire.
The company in July said it was recalling the cars over a plastic engine inlet piece that could melt and cause the vehicles to catch flames under the hood. Although Volvo said it is not aware of any reports of injuries or accidents linked to the defect, it wants to get the cars in for another look.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., the Chinese conglomerate that owns Volvo, told reporters that company “investigations have identified that in very rare cases the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform,” according to Bloomberg News. “In the very worst case, there is a possibility that a localized engine bay fire may occur.”
The recall covers a number of vehicle models produced between 2014 and 2019, which feature a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine. That includes the S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Volvo drivers whose cars are included in the latest recall will receive letters urging them to take the vehicles to a local dealer for inspection and possible repair.
How the California Lemon Law Works
This isn’t the first time that Volvo has announced it would take a second look at cars, citing defect concerns.
The auto manufacturer earlier this year launched two recalls covering some 370,000 vehicles. The moves were in response to reports of problems with electronic hatch trunks in some cars and a fuel line crack Volvo said could eventually cause leaks in others.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important protections in the event you get stuck with a defective vehicle. The law requires car manufacturers to make certain repairs while the vehicle is under warranty. If the car cannot be fixed, the manufacturer is required to buy back the vehicle or replace it.
The car maker is also obligated to pick up the tab for any legal fees an owner or lessor incurs while enforcing rights under the lemon law.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner or lessor who is grappling with your car’s manufacturer over repairs, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. A lawyer can help you weigh your rights and options to ensure that the carmaker is held fully accountable.
At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases in Southern California and across the state. We work tirelessly to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve.
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