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Volvo mulls recall over engine problem

AFP/The Local · 4 May 2010, 07:49

Published: 04 May 2010 07:49 GMT+02:00

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"We are now sending out a letter to approximately 150,000 customers all over Europe, in approximately 30 markets, telling them that we are investigating a technical issue relating to increased oil levels in diesel engines with particle filters," Volvo cars spokesman Per-Åke Fröberg told AFP.

Fröberg told AFP the company would consider a recall if its investigation showed that such action was necessary.

But he added that for the time being Volvo was "informing (customers) of the problem and asking them to check out their oil levels, which everybody should do anyway."

"The problem is that engine oil may enter the combustion chamber and act as additional fuel. This leads to maintained or increased engine speed," Fröberg


He said the problem could manifest itself in different ways, "but it could be that you take your foot off the accelerator and the car keeps the same pace as before or it might, in some isolated cases, also increase the speed."

The problem was discovered after several incidents were reported by different customers in late 2009 and concerns eight car models that have a five cylinder diesel engine with a diesel particle filter.

Fröberg said the first notification letters would land in customer post boxes by the end of this week.

Those who see their oil level above the maximum indication should consult their Volvo dealer, he said.

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In an interview with Swedish public radio, Fröberg said the problem could not be compared to the accelerator and brake defects that has caused auto giant Toyota to recall more than 10 million vehicles worldwide.

"First and foremost it's not the same problem that Toyota has had. The biggest difference is that customers have the possibility of making sure it doesn't happen by checking their oil level," he said.

Swedish-made Volvo spent a little more than 10 years as a Ford brand before being sold in March to China's Geely.

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Your comments about this article

09:21 May 4, 2010 by Keith #5083
#spy-ref Geely.

I suppose this is a 'premium brand problem"?
11:14 May 4, 2010 by swedekk
Ask Toyota about accelerating cars....
08:41 May 5, 2010 by karex

No, this is a Ford bad quality problem... I fail to see how the Chinese could do much worse. They might just surprise us and actually improve the quality.
17:09 May 5, 2010 by Venturisection
@Karex this is a Volvo Problem its a 5 cylinder diesel which has been Volvo's main production engine for a long time only the 4 cylinder diesel's are ford get your facts right you moron.

As for improving quality thats not gonna help much if they still losing money.
20:00 May 6, 2010 by karex
This engine is manufactured by a part of VolvoPowertrain that was sold to Ford along with the aumobile division.

The part of Volvo Powertrain that remained with the AB Volvo group DOES NOT produce engines for automobiles.

Get YOUR facts right Venturisection.
16:25 May 8, 2010 by beeker
Adding tramp oil to any diesel combustion process will result in a runaway. Used to happen to early VW golfs with oilbath air cleaners when parked on side hills.
08:27 May 23, 2010 by LazyDog
The need for speed.
12:18 May 29, 2010 by DUDDRIDGE
I own a 2 year old Volvo S80 2.4D SE which I purchased from a Swansea Volvo UK dealer in February 2010 it had done 14000 miles since new after 6 weeks I noticed the oil level had increased I returned the car to the Volvo dealer who lowered the oil level now within 1000 miles the oil level has increased again, my concern is, if this is caused by diesel fuel leaking into the oil sump it would reduce the efficiency of the oil to protect . Today I have had a letter from Volvo stating that it could in some circumstances speed up the engine and they will contact me after they have had more time to study the problem ????

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