Swedish automaker Volvo is recalling approximately 219,000 vehicles following a discovery of an issue that could lead to a fuel leak in the engine compartment of the affected units, according to Reuters. A probe has found that the affected vehicles may have small cracks along their fuel lines, which may lead to leakage as the lines are pressurised.
The vehicles affected span 11 different models produced in 2015 and 2016, with the greatest number of affected vehicles in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany. “There are no reports alleging injuries or damages relating to this issue. Volvo preventatively recalls the cars to avert any possible future problems,” the company said in a statement. Volvo sold 503,127 cars in 2015 and 534,332 cars in 2016.
Prior to this, Volvo’s largest recall was made in 2004 when 460,000 vehicles required a fix to wiring in an electronic control module for the main cooling fan. The Swedish automaker set a sales record for 2018 with 642,253 units sold last year, up from 571,577 cars sold in 2017. Sales volume was led by the XC60 with 189,459 units sold in 2018, followed by the XC90 with 94,182 units sold that year.
The achievement is tempered by a slowdown in Chinese demand for cars as a result of the ongoing US-China trade dispute, and has forced Volvo to spend on retooling factories in order to limit the impact of tariffs, and also led to the indefinite postponement of plans for going public, Reuters noted.