The Swedish car brand Volvo, currently owned by the Chinese group Geely, has decided to recall over 460,000 vehicles for a driver’s airbag check after the death of a person in an accident. Faithful to its attitude as a very safety-conscious brand, Volvo will therefore take a look at the airbags of the S60 and S80 models, but older than the cars currently protagonists of its list.
The affected vehicles are the sedan S80, produced between 2001-2006 and the model S60, dating back to the period between 2001 and 2009. Data and reasons are cited in an official document issued by the US government agency NHTSA. Volvo spokesman Thomas McIntyre Schultz said the automaker had already issued a safety recall for nearly 124,000 first-generation S60 and S80 sedans from model years 2001 to 2003 following a 2018 accident involving the inflation of the airbag. Volvo said it was notified of the accident in mid-2019.
Driver airbag inflators in these recalled vehicles may explode during deployment. This would increase the risk of metal fragments hitting the driver or other occupants of the vehicle, causing serious injury or death. All this is determined by the degradation of the propellant inside the airbags, a faster consumption especially in hot and humid environments. The manufacturer of the inflator is the supplier ZF Friedrichshafen, while Autoliv is the manufacturer of the airbag group.
“Our investigations have shown that this is a problem that could develop over time. To avoid further risks, we have decided to extend the recall“Explained Schultz, according to Automotive News reports. The problem will simply be solved replacing propellant and inflating device.