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Volvo Defective Engines and Piston Rings Class Action

This class action bring suit against three Volvo companies (Volvo Car USA, LLC, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, and Volvo Personvagnar AB), about their vehicles equipped with 2.0L 4-cylinder or 2.5L 5-cylinder engines. The complaint alleges that the engines are defective, because their inability to move oil properly eventually causes damage to the piston rings and piston heads. The complaint says this causes a loss of power—at first gradual, then abrupt and catastrophic.

The class for this action is all individuals in the US who bought or leased a 2013-2016 Volvo vehicle equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder or 2.5L 5-cylinder engine.

Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas Subclasses have also been defined for class members who bought or leased their vehicles in those respective states.

The problem originates, the complaint says, with defective oil control rings, which cannot move oil downwards, off the side of the cylinder wall, during their downstrokes, so that it can drain.

Instead, the complaint alleges, they push oil upwards, where it travels to the top of the piston heads, goes into the combustion chamber, and ignites. This repeated oil burning damages the piston rings and piston heads, which makes the problem worse, which does further damage to the piston heads, cylinder heads, and other engine components.

The burning takes some of the oxygen that is usually ignited in the combustion chamber, the complaint claims, which “causes the vehicle to lose power, both incrementally over time and catastrophically at one time…”

The defect causes the vehicles at issue to excessive amounts of oil, the complaint alleges, and since the oil is going to the wrong places, “the pistons and other engine components that require oil to minimize friction are not adequately lubricated.”

According to the complaint, this eventually causes metal fragments from the degrading piston rings and piston heads “to circulate throughout the engine, damaging other engine components. For example, cylinder scoring, which results in even more oil loss, is a frequent result of the Piston Defect.” The shards can also cause other damage in the powertrain, the complaint says, throughout the engine and the fuel system.

The complaint alleges that replacing the piston rings or pistons costs thousands of dollars, and that replacing the engine costs more than $10,000.

Even worse, the complaint claims that the defect is a safety hazard, because when pistons suddenly fail, the engine abruptly loses power. The complaint says that this “can prevent the driver from accelerating, maintaining speed, engaging the brakes and even adequately controlling the steering wheel, all of which drastically increases the risk of collisions, and puts other driver, passengers and pedestrians in danger.”

The complaint alleges that the Volvo companies have been aware of this defect for some time but have “undert[aken] affirmative measures to conceal the Piston Defect…”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Volvo Defective Engines and Piston Rings Complaint

April 15, 2022

This class action bring suit against three Volvo companies (Volvo Car USA, LLC, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, and Volvo Personvagnar AB), about their vehicles equipped with 2.0L 4-cylinder or 2.5L 5-cylinder engines. The complaint alleges that the engines are defective, because their inability to move oil properly eventually causes damage to the piston rings and piston heads. The complaint says this causes a loss of power—at first gradual, then abrupt and catastrophic.

Volvo Defective Engines and Piston Rings Complaint

Case Event History

Volvo Defective Engines and Piston Rings Complaint

April 15, 2022

This class action bring suit against three Volvo companies (Volvo Car USA, LLC, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, and Volvo Personvagnar AB), about their vehicles equipped with 2.0L 4-cylinder or 2.5L 5-cylinder engines. The complaint alleges that the engines are defective, because their inability to move oil properly eventually causes damage to the piston rings and piston heads. The complaint says this causes a loss of power—at first gradual, then abrupt and catastrophic.

Volvo Defective Engines and Piston Rings Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Engine