Volvo recalls 8,400 cars in U.S. for steering issue

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 10:08 AM
Volvo recalls 8,400 cars in U.S. for steering issue

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely, is recalling 8,406 S80 cars for a potential power steering fluid problem that could increase the risk of a crash, according to a federal safety regulator website.

Volvo is recalling the 2007 model year cars, built between March 8, 2006, and May 16, 2007, to inspect a potential problem that could lead to a burst hose at the steering gear that would cause a sudden loss of power steering, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Volvo dealers will inspect the cars and make repairs as needed at no charge, the NHTSA website said. The recall is expected to begin during August.

Volvo spokeswoman Laura DiStefano said the company had estimated 6 percent of the vehicles in the group would have the defect, but Volvo was not aware of any reports linking any accidents or injuries to the issue.

Geely, parent of Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, took over Ford Motor Co's Volvo car unit in August 2010.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman, editing by Gerald E. McCormick, Dave Zimmerman)