Loss of Power Steering Due to Return Hose Leak
Suspension & Steering, July 21, 2011
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Our Quick Take:
A leak may develop from the power steering return hose, resulting in a sudden loss of power steering assist and increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
This should be considered a high priority recall. Power steering assist could be lost without warning. Please contact your Volvo dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The power steering return hose may be incorrectly routed. This can result in increased pressure in the power steering system. The return hose may burst at the steering gear as a result of the increased pressure, resulting in a loss of power steering fluid. The driver may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the routing of the power steering return hose and perform repairs as necessary. This recall is expected to begin during August of 2011. The Volvo recall number is R246.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
July 21, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
VOLVO IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007 S80 PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 8, 2006, THROUGH MAY 16, 2007. THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR RETURN HOSE MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY ROUTED, WHICH CAN RESULT IN INCREASED PRESSURE IN THE POWER STEERING SYSTEM. THE POWER STEERING RETURN HOSE MAY BURST AT THE STEERING GEAR DUE TO THE INCREASED PRESSURE, RESULTING IN A LOSS OF POWER STEERING FLUID.
THE DRIVER MAY EXPERIENCE A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
VOLVO DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE ROUTING OF THE POWER STEERING RESERVOIR RETURN HOSE AND MAKE REPAIRS AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-201-768-7300.
VOLVO SAFETY RECALL NO. R246. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration