• Dec 7, 2010
Volvo is recalling a number of models due to faulty seat rails that may allow the passenger to slide the seat too far forward. According to the Swedish automaker, the mechanism was manufactured wrong, and if the passenger is seated too close to the dash, an injury may occur during an accident. According to the National Highway Transportation Administration, Volvo dealers will inspect the seat rails and fix the issue as necessary free of charge. As of right now, the company hasn't said when exactly the recall will begin.

The fault affects 2009-2011 S40, S60, V50 and XC60 models, and NHTSA says that around 7,420 units could be impacted by the problem.

This is the second recall from Volvo in under a month. The first involved a bad ECU parameter that could cause vehicles to stall. Hit the jump for a look at the most recent recall notice.

[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
VOLVO / S40

2009-2011
VOLVO / S60

2009 2011
VOLVO / V50

2009-2011
VOLVO / XC60

2010-2011

Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date: NOV 22, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V591000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEATS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 7420 Summary:

VOLVO IS RECALLING CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH POWER FRONT PASSENGER SEATS. THE FRONT SEAT RAIL'S DETECTION SYSTEM WAS MANUFACTURED INCORRECTLY AND MAY PERMIT THE PASSENGER TO FORWARD THE SEAT BEYOND THE INTENDED MAXIMUM.

Consequence:

POSITIONING OF THE SEAT BEYOND THE INTENDED MAXIMUM CAN CAUSE INCREASED RISK OF INJURY TO THE PASSENGER IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE FRONT PASSENGER SIDE SEAT RAILS FOR THE PRESENCE OF AN "END STOP" AND REPAIR THE VEHICLES AS NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552 OR AT CUSTOMERCARE@VOLVOFORLIFE.COM.

Notes:

VOLVO SAFETY RECALL NO. R235. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 4 Years Ago
      kman 288, european automobiles are NOT the best in the world. It's comical that "you" don't trust Japanese quality?! And "you'll" trust german so-called quality????!!!! I'm sorry to debunk your claim, but from personal experience and many people who I know who've had to deal with the doldrums of euro-car maladies, I know that those "coveted" german, british and italian "dream machines" can be a major bitch to own. If expensive, complex and problematic is part of your vocabulary then go ahead and behold the power, or, suddenly no power, of such a vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How quickly u point out this is the 2nd recall for Volvo, but when ur beloved Hyundai did the same to the sonata u pointed out they reacted quickly and forgot to mention that car has had 3 recalls so far and counting

      whatever, I ll never be seein in one of them and would take a volvo hands down no contest
        • 4 Years Ago
        No one mentioned Hyundai aside from your own silly self.
      kat
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had the Volvo S80 lease about 5 years ago- it STALLED all the time - it would just SHUT DOWN and the wheel would lock when I was going on the highway or anywhere- VOLVO charged me $1800 to FIX the problem as it was not warrenty item- the fact that it was new and a lease did not matter- NEVER again volvo
      Chris
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it so funny that the more we digitize our cars, the more goes wrong. Not that older designs weren't troubled either, but it just seems that very few companies will truly test their new products before implementing them. I mean, we go to e-throttles and they lock up at full throttle, put a chip in charge of the motor and it stalls, let a computer control power output and it has more control over the vehicle than the driver.
      And yet, LaHood wants traction control, rear view cameras, and brake pedal overrides mandatory on every vehicle. What a joke. I'll keep my stick, non-traction controlled, mechanically controlled throttle Subaru thank you very much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure this is really something to recall..I mean the seats in my car will go up insanely far so that I'm basically shoved against my steering wheel but that position isn't meant to be used while driving, it's just to give better access from back (that, and to look for stuff you drop under the seat). Who sits crazy close to the dash anyway? I remember my previous cars also let me sit really far up but the manual was always pretty clear that you should sit a decent amount of space away and try not to aim the steering wheel at your face so it won't sock you directly in the face.
      Of course Volvo's major selling point is over the top safety so I suppose they have to recall it to live up to their paranoidally safe reputation.
      KENNY NASH
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as we never have to say "PINTO" ever again we're all going to be just fine!

      Kenny Nash

      youtube KENNY NASH "DESIRE"
      patty
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aren't Volvos manufactured in China now? There's your answer to recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @patty
        Patty: no they are made in Belgium (that's Europe, for our informed readers :) ). Actually I would hope, that with an eventual chinese production (very unlikely that Europe would see any), things would get better. Its the chinese OWNERSHIP that worrries me... One more thing about recall. Its the sign that postproduction quality assurance works. Remember Toyota that hardly had a recall? Only cusomers that died on the road...
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it the 4th or 5th recall for the XC60 so far this year?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...but yet AB commentators gush over Land Rovers.

        I guess if something's flashy enough it's ok to have consistently bad reliability for 30 years
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai and Kia's latest designs are knockouts. Original, gorgeous and cutting edge designs. If you want reliable and inexpensive to own transportation, stay away from any euro brand, especially Volkswagen! I know this from experience.
        kman288
        • 4 Years Ago
        stay away from european automakers? are you nuts? european automakers make the best cars out there. the asian automakers can't compare to the experience of european automakers. i'll never drive a vehicle that is from an asian country. i don't care if the cars are actually built here in the US, i don't trust their quality. i grew up in american trucks and european cars, and for now it will stay that way. i'm also partial to my bmw.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL Hyundai and Kia making original designs. Thats cute. Cutting edge? Not. Gorgeous? MMM not even close. Overstyled? Yes. Gimmicky? Yes. Original? Not even close.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wake up Bryan, Hyundai and Kia have some VERY impressive designs out and coming out in 2011. I can easily say, along with many people, that there are several current BMW models that are UGLY. Maybe cutting edge but ugly.
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