STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Ford-owned Volvo Cars said Saturday it was recalling 82,000 cars because of a rust problem that could lead to the vehicle's engine stalling.
The recall concerns the car-maker's S40 and V50 models, made between 2004 and 2006, with five-cylinder petrol engines.
Volvo Cars spokeswoman Maria Bohlin said recalls were being made in the company's "corrosion markets," meaning countries where the climate is such that the cars are exposed to more rust-speeding factors such as rain, or road salt.
"In the worst case, the car can stall," she said.
In warmer and dryer countries, the cars have instead been provided with an extended guarantee.
Most of the cars had been sold in the United States, Sweden and Germany, she said.
Bohlin said the problem was located in the fuel pump electronic module, which controls the gas flow to the engine, she said.
"(It) is located in a way that it can be exposed to rainwater and roadsalt, which increases the risk of corrosion."
She declined to comment on how much the recall would cost the company.
Ford Motor Co. (F, Fortune 500) bought Volvo Cars in 1999 for about US$6.45 billion (euro4.34 billion). To top of page
Wow, this... sucks and it's been raining all month long where I live right now.