Volvo badge and parking assist camera on the car grill of a Volvo Cars AB dealer in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday, August 19, 2021.
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Volvo is recalling 460,769 older models worldwide due to an airbag failure that could be fatal in the event of a collision.
This issue occurs when the airbag is activated due to a crash. The company told US safety regulators that debris from the inflator in the airbag could stick out and, in the worst case, cause serious injury or death.
According to a document filed with the Department of Road Safety, Volvo is aware of one rupture case that resulted in death due to a problem.
The affected vehicle is an older model Volvo. They include 2001-2006 S80 and 2001-2009 S60. The vehicle was produced between May 2000 and March 2009.
More than half of the vehicles (259,3838) were sold in the United States
Volvo said that problems arise over time when airbag inflator propellant tablets are exposed to high moisture levels and frequent high inflator temperatures. The tablets begin to rot and can form dust particles, which increases the pressure and “burning rate” of the device. These factors can cause the inflator to explode and spray metal pieces on the occupants.
According to Volvo, “If the driver’s airbag is activated and collides, debris from the inflator inside the airbag can stick out and, in the worst case, collide with you, resulting in serious injury or death.” Stated.
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