Another airbag fear leads to Volvo XC90 recall

Rockleigh, NJ — October 09, 2015 — Volvo Cars of North America is recalling more than 580 XC90 vehicles because of a problem that may affect airbag deployment. Unlike the Takata airbag recalls that have received massive media attention and resulted in record-setting numbers, this one stems from an improperly established Side Impact Protection System wiring harness in the front seats. Passengers in the affected autos could potentially be more at risk of injury in the event of a crash, although no accidents have yet been traced back to it.

Based on the Part 573 Safety Recall Report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this recall has a recent history, stemming from a rejection report issued this may. This makes sense, seeing as the affected vehicles are for model year 2016 and represents a relatively fast recall process.

This report both describes the cause of the recall and what owners may need to look out for as a warning.

“If the electrical wiring is incorrectly assembled (clamped between seat back frame and SIPS bracket), there may be a risk of damage to the wiring insulation,” the report states. “The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) warning light will illuminate and the vehicle On Board Diagnostic system will immediately alert the driver by a message in the Driver Information Module (DIM).”

Back in May, Volvo reportedly sent dealers “a delivery stop action with inspection instructions,” paving the way for proper recall actions to begin in July, although owners were expected to receive a letter by June. Speed in issuing recall statement is essential to launch an action effectively with minimal room for negative developments.

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