Volvo Cars of North America is recalling almost 31,000 vehicles due to problems with low-oil-pressure warning systems. The model years being recalled are 2011 and 2012. The only vehicles affected are S60 sedans with 5-cylinder B5254TS engines. The recall has occurred because the vehicles may not alert the driver of a low-oil-pressure problem. The low oil pressure could stall the car, resulting in a crash.
The problem was discovered after a mechanic performing routine maintenance on a Volvo forgot to put oil in the engine before the owner drove off. After driving 35 miles, she started to hear engine noise. Her engine had to be replaced, but her low-oil-pressure light never came on. The problem with the vehicles is software related. Volvo is updating software in the vehicle free of charge to fix the problem. According to Volvo, the recall is voluntary. However, after a manufacturer becomes aware of a safety problem, it must inform federal officials within 15 days of its plan for a recall, or it may face fines.
Despite the rules, many automakers do not issue recalls as they should. They may choose to bury the problem, pretending they aren't aware of it until a claim arises. They may believe that it's cheaper to pay claims for those who are injured or killed in accidents than it is to do a comprehensive recall. Or they may refuse to do a recall, like Jeep did earlier this year before caving into a request for a recall from federal officials.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed because of a safety defect with a vehicle, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges in Houston. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about personal injury claims, and will be happy to help you with your case.