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Volvo S80 recall 05V529000

Potential Electrical Short Circuit at Starter Motor
Electrical & Lights, January 31, 2006

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An electrical short circuit could develop at the starter motor. Smoke may appear from under the hood and an electrical fire could result.


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.


An electrical short circuit may develop between the positive battery and ground at the starter motor solenoid. Smoke may appear from under the hood and the car may not start. If the short were to occur while driving, electrical power could be lost. Any electrical short increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and increase the distance between the B+ terminal and the starter motor solenoid as necessary. This recall is expected to begin on January 31, 2006. The Volvo recall number is R150.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2005

Mfr's Report Date:
January 31, 2006

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V529000

NHTSA Action Number: PE05057

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:STARTER ASSEMBLY:SOLENOID

Potential Number of Units Affected: 10259

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO AN ERROR IN THE FACTORY ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTION, THE B+TERMINAL MAY BE IN CONFLICT WITH THE STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID. IF THIS OCCURS, THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE B+TERMINAL AND THE STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID MAY DEVELOP INTO A SHORT CIRCUIT OF THE BATTERY CABLE TO GROUND.

Consequence: SMOKE MAY APPEAR FROM UNDER THE HOOD AND IT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO START THE CAR. IF THE SHORT CIRCUIT HAPPENS DURING DRIVING, ELECTRICAL POWER COULD BE LOST RESULTING IN THE WARNING LAMPS BEING DEACTIVATED. AN ELECTRICAL SHORT COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND INCREASE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE B+TERMINAL AND THE STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID BY ADJUSTING THE TERMINAL. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JANUARY 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.

Notes: VOLVO RECALL NO. R150.CUSTOMERS 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

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