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"BY" Model Engines with Electric Fuel Pumps
This bulletin is being sent in compliance with the Federal Boating Safety Act.
Volvo Penta of the Americas, Inc., has determined that a potential safety related defect may exist in certain Volvo Penta "BY" Model gasoline engines manufactured between June 1997 and September 1997 (serial numbers 4110155491through 4110159682).This possible defect may pose a potential safety hazard caused by leaking fuel. Should fuel leak and ignite, personal injury and/or property damage could result. To date, we have no known cases of injury or property damage as a result of this problem.
During routine testing and product audit, Volvo Penta has determined that a fuel leak could potentially occur in the low pressure fuel pump. All units in the assembly plant as well as in finished goods inventory have been checked and corrected before shipment. Units that have been checked within the above serial numbers can be identified by a red paint dot on the lower portion of the fuel pump (indicated in the drawing). A unit with the red paint dot indicates no further action is necessary as the fuel pump has already been checked. Additionally, engines checked at the assembly plant have C-54 marked on the outside of the engine shipping box.
By law, boats with the affected fuel pumps, that are in dealer inventory, must be corrected prior to retail sale. It is of utmost importance that the fuel pump be replaced and tested prior to the boat being operated and/or a customer taking delivery of the boat. If a boat has been sold to a retail customer, please contact the customer and make arrangements to have this recall performed. Page 6 contains a sample letter being mailed to affected customers regarding this recall campaign.
Operators and/or owners of engines with serial numbers 4110155491 through 4110159682 should cease normal operation of their boats immediately. Notify the customer to set up an appointment with the nearest Volvo Penta or OMC dealer to have this recall performed. If a boat cannot be trailered and must be operated to reach the nearest Volvo Penta or OMC' dealer, the customer should perform the following safety precautions before proceeding:
1. Instruct the customer to visually inspect the outside of the fuel pump for any signs of fuel leakage. If the customer finds any sign of fuel leakage or if gasoline can be detected by smell anywhere on the boat, instruct the customer to contact the dealer immediately, and not to operate the engine until all procedures called for in this safety recall have been performed.
2. If the customer does not detect gasoline leakage or smell, they must operate the bilge blower continuously while the engine is in operation en route to the nearest Volvo Penta or OMC dealership. Instruct the customer to frequently check the fuel pump for fuel leakage. Remind the customer it is of utmost importance that the engine not be operated except to bring the boat directly to the nearest Volvo Penta or OMC dealership at a reduced speed. Remind the customer that an important safe boating practice is to inform his or her crew and passengers of the location of all fire extinguishers and how to use them in case of an emergency.
Order one of following fuel pumps to perform this recall:
(Qty) Description Part No.
(1) Fuel Pump (V-6) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3857986-8
(1) Fuel Pump (V-8) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3857985-0
To install either fuel pump, the following O-rings must be ordered and used:
( l )O-ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3850819-8
(1)O-ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3850820-6
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