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Stockholm, Sweden - Sweden's Volvo Car Corporation, said on Thursday it would ask to examine about 2,400 Volvo cars in France as part of an investigation into a fatal crash.<BR>Volvo spokesman Ingmar Hesslefors said the action was not a recall but was designed in part to reassure concerned owners of Volvo 850 TDI cars.<P>"We are doing this as an extra precaution to make our customers happy,'' Hesslefors said. "We won't do a recall campaign.''<P>A magistrate in Saverne, France, is investigating the accident to decide whether to bring a case to trial.<P>Volvo said it would use the opportunity to examine the cars to extend its own technical investigation, which it plans to present to the magistrate in November.<P>"No evidence has emerged in our investigation that the car involved in the accident had been impossible to brake,'' it said in a statement.<P>"However in the time available it has not been possible to complete all the technical investigations required on the case.''<P>Two children were killed and one hurt in the accident in June 1999, which the driver has blamed on faulty brakes, Hesslefors said.<P>"What happened is a tragedy for all parties involved. Our sympathies go first to the families, relations, friends and schoolmates of the children who died,'' Volvo said in a statement.<P>"We also understand that for the woman who was driving the car and her passenger what happened is very traumatic.''<P>The next formal hearing in the investigation was scheduled for September 25, Hesslefors said. No cars outside France will be examined. <P>[Source: Volvo Cars]
 
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