Recalls. We love to hate them. But in any business as complex, intricate, and high-volume as the auto industry, they're bound to happen. The latest to come clean on a manufacturing mishap: Volvo, which is recalling certain 2010-2011 C30s, 2010 S40s, and 2010 V50s for faulty shift linkages that could leave you stuck in gear or unable to get into gear, increasing the risk of a crash.
The problem is simple: the gearshift lever stud may not have been tightened correctly, which could result in the shift cable of stud assembly coming loose. This then makes it impossible to get out of gear if you were in gear, or to get into gear if you were in neutral when the linkage failed.
Solving the problem is just as straightforward. Dealers will tighten down the gearshift lever stud to the correct spec and send affected Volvo owners on their way, free of charge.
For more information on the recall, or to see if your vehicle is one of those affected, you can contact Volvo directly at 1-800-458-1552 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.