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Volvo recalls 70,000 UK cars after probe finds fire risk

Ben Chapman

Volvo has recalled around 70,000 cars in the UK made between 2014 and 2019 after an investigation found a fault with the engines that could cause a fire.

The Swedish car maker said a plastic part on the engines could melt and in “very rare cases” a fire may occur.

More than half a million Volvos have been recalled worldwide as a result of the problem.

Affected models are Volvos produced between 2014 and 2019 that have a 2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine. People who own any of the following models built in that time should return it to Volvo: S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90. All modifications will be free of charge.

Volvo, which is owned by Chinese company Geely, has a reputation for building some of the safest cars in the world.

A Volvo spokesperson said: "We are taking full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars. We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for our customers’ cooperation."

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