Volvo Safety Recalls:
When a car has been manufactured with a defect and it is discovered the vehicle will be recalled by the manufacturer. Many times, car recall information is accessible via the Internet and on most occasions consumers are contacted via the mail when a recall occurs. There are however many instances when the consumer cannot be contacted via mail. Thus, it is always a wise idea for consumers to occasionally view car recall lists to determine if the vehicle they currently own has been the subject of a recall. In most cases the reason for a recall is minor.
For safety Recalls see: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/
Technical Service Bulletins
Technical Service Bulletins differ from recalls in that they are not considered safety or emissions issues and they usually apply only when your vehicle is in its warranty period (whereas a recall is “open” until the work has been performed). TSBs frequently (but not always) address a recurring problem and include illustrated instructions for repair, a list of the parts needed, the warranty status and the labor charge.
For Service Bulletins see: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/tsbs/
One of the most important resource that is freely available to any car owner is a car owners manual.
Though dull to read, car owners manuals are packed with valuable instruction, information and warnings. This valuable book is your car bible and you have to follow the technical guidelines laid out for you.
It would we wise to open your glove compartment in order to gain access to your car owners manual. Blow off the dust that has accumulated and begin to review this valuable asset.
For those who purchased a used vehicle and discovered that your car bible is missing, simply go online and download a copy from edmunds.com. Click on this is link http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-find-your-car-owners-manual-online.html to access the correct webpage.
Read it verse for verse, chapter by chapter and cover to cover.
One of the gems that you will discover is your Maintenance Schedule.
For those lucky souls who own a Brand New Volvo you can access your Complementary Factory Scheduled Maintenace at the Volvocars.com website. Here is a direct link for Volvo US customers http://www.volvocars.com/us/sales-services/services/volvo_maintenance_services/complimentary_factory_scheduled_maintenance/pages/default.aspx.
According to the Volvo website all 2010, 2011 and 2012 model year Volvo vehicles sold new to a retail customer and registered in the U.S. by an authorized Volvo retailer will include Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance. This maintenance program is designed to supplement your Volvo warranty and will help to ensure trouble-free operation of your Volvo vehicle.
Complimentary Factory Scheduled Maintenance offers:
- Scheduled maintenance coverage for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first
- The first four regularly scheduled maintenance services at 7,500, 15,000, 22,500 and 30,000 mileage intervals