• Nov 24, 2010
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Volvo is recalling select XC60 models for an airbag assembly issue that could result in the safety device failing to deploy or deploy improperly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the defective air bag "may not properly protect the occupant, increasing the risk of injuries." All 58 vehicles (yes, just 58 vehicles) covered by the recall will need to head to the nearest Volvo dealer for a free inspection of the left and right curtain air bag assemblies.

In other Volvo-related recall news, the Swedish automaker is supporting Garmin's recall of model 760 and 765 navigation systems. The nav systems, which are installed by dealers on several Volvo products, are being recalled due to a potential defect that may cause some battery types to overheat. Keep in mind that the Garmin devices being recalled are not in any way linked to Volvo's factory installed Road Traffic Information system. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.



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[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: VOLVO / XC60 2010
Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date: NOV 09, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V564000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 58

Summary:
VOLVO IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 XC60 VEHICLES. THE CURTAIN AIR BAGS MAY HAVE BEEN MIS-ASSEMBLED DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS. THIS MAY CAUSE AN AIR BAG TO NOT DEPLOY OR NOT DEPLOY AS INTENDED.

Consequence:
IF THE CURTAIN AIR BAG DOES NOT PERFORM AS INTENDED IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH NECESSITATING DEPLOYMENT OF THAT AIR BAG, IT MAY NOT PROPERLY PROTECT THE OCCUPANT, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURIES.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE LEFT AND RIGHT CURTAIN AIR BAG ASSEMBLY AND ADJUST IF NECESSARY. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552 OR AT CUSTOMERCARE@VOLVOFORLIFE.COM.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      More features, more potential recalls. Will automakers ever learn?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually agree with you, on some level. However, airbags (the primary topic of this post) save lives and that I feel safer having myself and my loved travel in vehicles equipped with an appropriate complement of airbags.

        Automakers offer "features" because consumers expect to find said features on their cars. If they don't offer them, customers will move to a different manufacturer that will provide them.

        And yes, they have to accept the fact that the more complicated equipment there is on a vehicle, the more likely it is that something will malfunction. But contrary to what you assert, the answer is not to simply not offer these "features" - it is to be proactive, do appropriate testing prior to release, and respond quickly once problems are identified. Which it seems is being done here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My friend bought an XC60 T6 and I drove it doing errands with her for most of a day. This vehicle is like the Toyota of Sweden. I felt no emotions while driving it. Nothing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about not putting airbags all over the car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would you do that?

        Most people would opt for increased safety over a (small) increase in complexity.