2011-2012 Volvo S60, 2006-2012 Volvo C70: Recall Alert

Volvo is recalling certain 2011-2012 S60 sedan and 2006-2012 C70 convertible models due to a misprinted label that could lead to improper tire inflation on cars equipped with optional accessory spare tire and wheel kit.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website lists the number of potential affected units at 19,600. Documents from Volvo indicate a breakdown of 12,600 S60 and about 7,000 C70 vehicles.  S60 manufacture dates are from July 14, 2010 through April 16, 2011, while for the C70 the dates are from November 15, 2005 through July 31, 2011.

According to the NHTSA notice, these vehicles fail to comply with the federal motor vehicle safety standard number 110 covering tire selection and rims. Affected models, those with the optional accessory spare tire and wheel kit, do not contain the correct tire inflation information. A possible consequence is that the tire could be overinflated, which could lead to tire failure and the risk of a crash.

Volvo says that no technical reports or warranty claims have been received for this issue, and there have been no reports of injuries, fatalities or crashes related to the condition.

The fix is that Volvo will notify owners of affected vehicles by mail, instructing them to bring their vehicles to an authorized Volvo dealer for an inspection at no charge. If the vehicle has an accessory spare tire and wheel kit, the dealer will inspect the tire and loading information label and if it is incorrect, will swap it out with the correct label.

While the automaker has not provided a schedule for the recall campaign, owners of 2011-2012 S60 and 2006-2012 Volvo C70 models with any questions may contact Volvo at 1-201-768-7300. Reference the Volvo safety campaign number R247.

Alternatively, owners vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 11V508000.

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