By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor
Volvo Car USA LLC and Volvo Car Canada LTD (Volvo) on behalf of Volvo Car Group has decided to launch Recall R89707 on model year 2016 & 2017 XC90 & S90 vehicles.
Condensation water, transferred through the air conditioning drainage hose, may leak into the passenger compartment due to incorrect installation during vehicle assembly. If this condition should occur, it may result in moisture inside the passenger compartment, which could lead to air conditioning functionality issues.
If the leakage has not been detected over a period of time, this condition could affect SRS systems (airbag), engine management systems, etc. In such a case, the driver may experience various warning messages displayed in the Driver Information Module (DIM) identifying that a fault may be present and also providing guidance on how to proceed. Volvo therefore considers this a potential safety risk over time.
The corrective action is to inspect the air conditioning drain hose to ensure correct installation as per the instructions in Volvo’s Tech Journal # TJ31913, and if necessary replace the drain hose. Should there be water present beneath the carpet, the wire harness should be upgraded.
Affected vehicles were produced between April 15, 2015 and September 19, 2016, although the first vehicle reported with issues was on June 11, 2015. Volvo began to take corrective actions in the plant on August 17, 2015, and implemented 100% visual and tactile control to ensure air conditioning drainage hose fixation on September 5, 2016.
More information about Volvo Cars in the US can be found on their www.volvocars.com/us website. You can also search your Volvo’s VIN number on their recall lookup website at this link: http://www.volvocars.com/us/own/explore/recall-information
Vehicle manufacturers are required by NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to recall vehicles that have safety related defects or do not meet federal safety standards. Since 1966, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects. Many of these are voluntarily initiated by manufacturers, while others are either initiated or ordered by NHTSA via the courts. You can learn more about NHTSA and search for recalls at this website: http://www.safercar.gov/
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