2012 Volvo S60 recalled over the risk of the engine stalling

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 7, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued the recall for 7,558 units of the 2012 Volvo S60 over the risk of the engine stalling under some driving conditions. The affected units were produced from November 18, 2010 to May 5, 2011. The NHTSA said that the problem stems from fuel starvation.

Specifically, it’s possible that the software for the fuel pump units isn’t compatible with all fuel pumps and components and as a result, there’s insufficient fuel transfer in the pump unit.

The risk of a crash is increased when there’s engine hesitation or engine stall even as the fuel gauge shows that it has up to 1/4 of fuel left in the tank. Volvo revealed that so far, 23 complaints were recorded in the U.S. but it doesn’t know of injuries, crashes, or deaths due to this issue.

The owners of affected S60 vehicles will be asked to visit a dealer to receive a free upgrade of the engine control module software.

The recall is expected to start on or about June 17. Owners might get some comfort from the fact that the 2012 Volvo S60 was named a top safety pick by the IIHS after scoring at the top of all crash tests on the front, side, rollover and rear assessments.

Based on the overall shape, the four-door Volvo S60 coupe is more distinctive and even sportier, compared to any of the prior models from the brand. One of the reasons is that when the S60 was still being developed, the team responsible for the chassis made sure to improve each part so that the driving experience is enhanced. This resulted in the new Dynamic chassis, now fitted as standard on all the S60. Unlike those in the S80’s chassis, the front spring struts in the S60 have thicker pistons. Since this increases the rigidity by 47%, it means that structure of the body can absorb any lateral loads more efficiently.

In addition, the springs have been made more rigid and shorter. Even the Eigen frequency was increased by as much as 10%. For the front part, the stiffness of its spring strut mounting is increased by 50%. Meanwhile the subframe bushes, for both the front and the rear, are twice as stiff compared with prior models.

Optimized for full control and sporty driving are its link arm bushings. Meanwhile, by using polyurethane rather than rubber for the damper mountings on the rear part of the chassis, it offers the dynamic control a good balance with comfort. Stefan Sällqvist, the main person in-charge of developing the chassis, shared that it took the company a number of weeks in order to fine-tune the S60’s dampers on the countryside of England.

The S60 was driven on the old Roman roads, perfect for testing the damping qualities as it receives a few layers of tarmac for over many years, he added. With the new steering gear ratio being faster by 10% compared to the prior model, it gives the new S60 sharper response and better steering feel. Since the bushes are stiffer and the steering column has been given thicker tubing, it allows the torsional rigidity to be increased by as much as 100%.

This also helps give the feeling of having direct contact with both the wheels and the road. In terms of design, its C-pillar goes all the way to its tail lamps. Meanwhile the roof line that is similar to a slim coupé goes well together with the new curve on its shoulder that is on the sides of its lower body. This results in a double wave that starts from the headlamps and goes all the way to the tail lamps.

Highlighting the sporty profile of the S60 is the sculpted bonnet and the short overhangs on both the front and the rear. It also has what the team refers to as a racetrack design. Unlike in some models, the lines in the S60 do not stop so suddenly but instead flows naturally mirroring the track’s smooth shapes. Enhancing this sporty appearance even further is the offer of a styling kit for the exterior that integrates two frames in its lower valence, skid plates in the front and rear, exhaust tailpipe finishers, side scuff plates, and the alloy 18-inch wheels.

In order to have the unique signature lights on the front and rear portion, the designers decided to utilize LED technology. This ensures that the vehicle is truly an S60 even at night. Volvo will be offering new choices for the colors of its exterior which includes two shades (Electrum Gold and Vibrant Copper).

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