The recall applies to 2010 and 2011 model year XC90 vehicles within the VIN range 553910 and 576645.
According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website, affected vehicles exhibit oil leakage from the steering gear.
“It is most likely that the leakage will occur gradually and slowly drain the power steering oil, generating noise and gradually decreased power steering assistance.“In the worst case scenario the defect may result in sudden drainage of power steering oil and a loss of power steering assistance. Since this may appear suddenly and without any relevant warnings to the driver, the condition poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.”
Volvo Car Australia’s Jaedene Hudson said the recall was issued globally. She said Volvo had received no reports of incidents from Australian owners.
“There have definitely been no instances here of vehicles losing power steering,” Ms Hudson said.
She said the recall service, which involves replacing the internal pipes, would take around two hours and would be conducted free of charge.
Volvo Car Australia is currently in the process of contacting all owners by mail, and encourages affected owners to contact their authorised Volvo dealer for more information.