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Volvo V50 Recall 08V197000

Cargo Roof Rails May Come Loose

Recall Details

Seven vehicles were assembled with roof rail attaching bolts that are too short. When carrying cargo, one or both rails may come loose, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the roof rail bolts as necessary. The Volvo recall number is R196.

Our Quick Take

The bolts securing the cargo roof rails may be too short. When carrying roof cargo, the rails may come loose, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Due to the low number of vehicles recalled and the fact that all owners of affected vehicles have been notified, this could be considered a low priority recall. If you have any questions, 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.

Body, Interior & Misc., April 28, 2008

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
April 28, 2008
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
7
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
08V197000
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS

Summary
VOLVO IS RECALLING 7 MY 2008 V50 PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ROOF RAILS. BOLTS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO BE OUT OF SPECIFICATION. THIS HAS CAUSED LESS TREAD LENGTH ON THE BOLTS WHICH IN TURN HAS LEAD TO INSUFFICIENT CLAMPING FORCE IN THE JOINT DUE TO THE WASHER GETTING STUCK WHEN TIGHTENING THE BOLTS.
Consequence
WHEN CARRYING ROOF CARGO, THE RAILS MAY COME LOOSE DURING HEAVY BRAKING AND/OR SUDDEN STOPS INCREASING THE POSSIBILITY OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF VEHICLES INVOLVED, OWNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED AND WILL HAVE THE ROOF RAIL BOLTS REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.
Notes
VOLVO RECALL NO. R196. 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.
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