The Windshield Wipers May Fail in Extreme Winter Weather Conditions
Body, Interior & Misc., September 5, 2006
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The windshield wipers may fail if operated with a snow load on, or the wipers frozen to, the windshield.
What Should You Do?
Volvo will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning September 5, 2006. If you encounter problems with the windshield wipers due to snow buildup, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.
If the windshield wipers are activated in extreme winter weather conditions and without lifting the wiper arms and cleaning the windshield prior to moving, the wiper arm can slip on its driveshaft, resulting in an inability to move the wipers from the park position. Inoperative wipers during inclement weather conditions could cause a crash due to reduced visibility. Dealers will replace the wiper arms and retaining nuts to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R156.
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Mfr's Report Date:
September 5, 2006
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ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, IF THE WIPER ARM IS ACTIVATED IN EXTREME WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS AND WITHOUT LIFTING THE WIPER ARMS AND CLEANING THE WINDSHIELD PRIOR TO MOVING, THE WIPER ARM MIGHT SLIP ON ITS DRIVESHAFT, RESULTING IN AN INABILITY TO MOVE THE WIPERS FROM THE PARK POSITION.
INOPERATIVE WIPERS UNDER INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD CAUSE A CRASH DUE TO IMPAIRED VISIBILITY.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIPER ARMS AND RETAINING NUTS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO CARS AT 1-800-458-1552.
VOLVO RECALL NO. R156.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATIONVOLVO RECALL NO. R156.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