The latest recall announcement from Volvo affects S60 and S80 sedans produced between 2001 and 2003. In South Africa, a total of 4 128 cars are affected by this recall.
Following a recent investigation by Volvo Cars and inflator manufacturer ZF, it has been revealed that there may be a defect with the driver airbag. In the event of a collision and the driver, airbag is deployed, it’s said that the driver frontal airbag inflator may rupture and release metal fragments when the airbag is deployed. The affected part is the FG2 Twin Driver Airbag inflator with a 5AT 148N propellant.
One fatality involving this faulty inflator has been recorded and Volvo component testing indicated that roughly 1% of Volvo cars could be impacted worldwide.
Volvo will replace the affected driver airbag but 2001-2003 S60 and S80 owners are required to check if they are affected by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the search box on Volvo’s website. Alternatively, owners can also make contact with their nearest Volvo dealer.
Considering the age of the vehicles, some are not active on Volvo’s retail network and Volvo SA will therefore also use the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTIS) and National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) to send a Quality Bulletin (QB) recall letter to current owners.This article was originally published on Cars.co.za.