Volvo recalls 30,929 S60 sedans over sensor flaw

December 31, 2013

Volvo is asking owners of certain 2011-12 S60 sedans to head down to their local dealership in order to address an oil pressure sensor problem.

The recall covers 30,929 examples of the S60 that were fitted with the turbocharged five-cylinder engine and built June 22, 2010, through May 14, 2012.

According to a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, the affected S60s left the factory without having the oil pressure sensor activated.

As a result, the driver won’t receive a warning if oil pressure levels fall below normal. In that situation, the car could be driven until the engine stalls out (and suffers catastrophic damage), increasing the risk of a crash.

A defect report submitted by Volvo to the NHTSA indicates the automaker identified the issue after three owners reported excessive engine noise and/or stalling. Notably, two of the incidents occurred after dealer technicians forget to refill the engine oil during the course of routine maintenance.

Volvo will notify owners of the recall before the end of the year, and dealers will fix the problem with a software update.

Photo by Andrew Ganz.

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