If you currently own the latest Volvo S60 or XC60 and feels that heat is building up from below, it is better to pull over at the side of the road and check. This is because Volvo is recalling 2,742 2012 Volvo S60s and XC60s in the US due to a potential fuel leak that increases the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"An incorrect mixture of underbody coating and over-application can result in rigid, icicle-like areas hanging from the vehicle's undercarriage," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "If this condition exists, the underbody coating may penetrate the fuels lines and cause fuel leakage, increasing the risk of a crash."
Fortunately, Volvo said it has not received any reports alleging injuries, fatalities or crashes related to the defect. Unfortunately, the defect was discovered at Volvo's Ghent, Belgium assembly plant, the same plant where Singapore’s S60 and XC60 are source from. The affected S60 sedans were produced between 10 Jan 2012 to 3 Feb 2012 while the defective XC60 were built between 10 Jan 2012 to 26 Jan 2012.
Volvo dealers in the US are going to locate the vehicles which have this defect and if they are found to be over-coated with paint, they will be removed from the market and fixed immediately by the company. This process will officially begin on 13 2012. It is no known if Volvo plans to do a recall of the S60/XC60 outside the US.