Volvo Trucks will initiate a voluntary safety recall on 42,000 Volvo VN and VHD model trucks manufactured from November 2002 to January 2006 and equipped with the Volvo D12D engine.
Volvo had found the potential for exhaust gas recirculation cooler inlet pipes to crack or break. If these pipes fail and are not repaired, the air cleaner and inner fender may be subject to hot exhaust gases, which could potentially lead to a fire. Because of this condition, Volvo has received reports of a number of trucks suffering heat damage to the inner fender or air cleaner. Two confirmed instances of a fire caused by this condition have also been reported. No one has been injured in any of these instances.
Volvo will address the problem by inspecting the pipes, replacing any defective parts, and installing protective heat shields on all of the trucks. These repairs will be made by Volvo’s dealer organization and by warranty certified fleets. The total repair time is expected to be about one hour.
Volvo Trucks is now in the process of sending letters to all affected truck owners detailing the situation and instructing them on what precautions can be taken until a repair is made. The letter will also tell the owners how and when to obtain the repair from their Volvo Trucks dealer. Customers affected by the recall can continue to normally operate their vehicles until the repair is made, but if they hear an exhaust leak or noise under the hood, they should stop the vehicle immediately and inspect the pipes.