Metal Issue has Volvo Replacing S40 Sedan

By Automotive Staff | March 29, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted a recall on the Volvo S40 sedan. According to the NHTSA, the S40's passenger side support member within the engine bay may have developed a slight crack thanks to a specific compound in the metal. If so, the fracture could impact the vehicle’s crashworthiness. 13 vehicles sold in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico are involved in this recall, seven of which were shipped to the U.S. Volvo notes structures that didn’t crack during manufacturing will not fracture in real-world driving. Volvo, who will be contacting owners in the coming weeks, has notified its dealers of the issue, who will inspect the suspected vehicles for the cracks and if the defect is found, the manufacturer will replace the vehicle with one of equal specifications free of charge. Customers seeking further information can contact the automaker by calling its customer care line at 1-800-458-1552 via NHTSA courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff