Nearly 70,000 Volvo cars in Britain are being recalled over a fire risk related to an engine problem, the manufacturer said today.

The company said a piece of plastic fitted as part of the engine on some models dating from 2014 to 2019 with four-cylinder diesel engines may melt and deform.

It has warned that this could result in an engine bay fire in ‘extreme cases’ and has therefore recalled 507,000 vehicles worldwide, including 69,616 in the UK.

The company – based in Gothenburg, Sweden, but owned by the Geely Holding Group in Zhejiang, China – said it has had no reports of accidents or injuries.

The cars being recalled are the S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90.

A Volvo spokesman said: ‘Investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases, the plastic engine intake manifold may melt and deform on certain model year 2014-2019 vehicles with four-cylinder diesel engines.

‘In the most extreme cases, there is a possibility that a localised engine bay fire may occur. The issue affects 69,616 cars in the UK.

‘Volvo is contacting all affected customers.

‘We are taking full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars.

‘We will do our utmost to perform this action without any unnecessary inconvenience to our customers, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused and are grateful for our customers’ cooperation.’