Volvo has announced that it is recalling almost 70,000 cars in the UK over a fault that could cause an engine fire.
The recall is part of a wider move which affects more than 500,000 Volvo cars worldwide.
The Swedish firm said that 69,616 UK cars were affected by the fault which can cause a plastic engine intake manifold to melt and in “extreme” cases cause “localised” fire in the engine bay.
The latest incident follows a recall of 30,000 Volvos earlier this year over concerns around a possible fuel leak.
The fault relates to models built between 2014 and 2019 and fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine.
Volvo said that it had not yet identified a fix for the fault but that it would notify affected customers as soon as it did.
It reassured drivers that their cars remained safe to drive as long as they were aware of the symptoms of the fault.
Volvo said that symptoms of the fault include, but are not limited to, the engine management light being lit, engine interruption or a lack of power.
In a statement, Volvo said: “Investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform on certain model year 2014-2019 vehicles with four-cylinder diesel engines.
“In the most extreme cases, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur.
“We are taking full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars. “We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for our customers’ cooperation.”
Death of diesel
Volvo announced in 2018 that it was phasing out diesel engines in its range as it moved toward electrified drivetrains. The latest S60 is the first car in the firm’s current line-up not to be offered with a diesel, coming with only petrol and petrol-hybrid drivetrains.