Volvo voluntarily recalls trucks

| 12/27/2007

Volvo has initiated a voluntary recall of 125,000 heavy-duty trucks in North America because of a fire hazard.

The truck manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the recall on Dec. 7.

According to documents filed with the NHTSA, the company is recalling 2003 through 2008 model year trucks. Models affected include the Volvo VN, VHD, VNM and VT that were manufactured from between November 2002 through October 2007.

The voluntary recall will affect approximately 105,000 Volvo trucks in the United States.

The recall involves the automatic circuit breakers for the lighting system, which may not provide adequate protection. If a short circuit occurs and is left untreated, components and wiring may overheat, which could potentially cause a fire, according to a letter to the NHTSA from Volvo.

Volvo officials say the company will repair the problem for free and that it’s a 12-minute fix.

Notification letters will go out to owners of the affected trucks on or before Feb. 25, 2008, according to Volvo’s letter to the NHTSA. Volvo owners with questions may contact Volvo at 1-800-528-6586.