Volvo recalls sedans over exploding airbags

Ridgeville, SC – October 22, 2021 – Volvo  (OTCMKTS:VLVLY) has recalled  259,383 cars because the driver-side airbag may explode during deployment, sending dangerous shrapnel flying at vehicle occupants. The recall includes the following sedans:

  • 2001 Volvo S60 
  • 2002 Volvo S60
  • 2003 Volvo S60
  • 2004 Volvo S60
  • 2005 Volvo S60
  • 2006 Volvo S60
  • 2007 Volvo S60
  • 2008 Volvo S60
  • 2009 Volvo S60 
  • 2001 Volvo S80 
  • 2002 Volvo S80 
  • 2003 Volvo S80 
  • 2004 Volvo S80
  • 2005 Volvo S80 
  • 2006 Volvo S80 

Recall summary  

Airbag inflators protect drivers and passengers in the event of a crash by burning fuel inside the inflator and inflating the airbag.

The inflators in this Volvo airbag recall degrade over time because of moisture and high temperatures, among other factors. The degraded chemicals generate a much bigger explosion than intended “during deployment”, bursting the inflator into pieces, which can fly through the vehicle cabin at high speeds and impale occupants. 

This issue is eerily similar to the infamous Takata airbag but the inflators in question were made by a different supplier, German-American parts’ manufacturer ZF. 

Background of the recall

In June 2019, Volvo became aware of one driver who died from an exploding ZF airbag. That death, which is now the subject of a lawsuit, touched off a 54,000-car recall in November 2020. This early recall only covered some of the models now under recall, and only those in hot or humid regions, where the explosives are known to degrade faster.

In late September, Volvo deemed the airbag defect “critical” and initiated the larger recall. The recall applies to cars in all regions of the U.S.

Recall risks

The risks posed by this defect are nearly identical to those in the Takata airbag recall: The metal airbag inflator, blown to pieces, hurls shrapnel at high speeds into the bodies of vehicle occupants. The resulting injuries sometimes resemble gunshot or stab wounds, and can be fatal. Takata airbags have killed at least 28 people worldwide

The repair

All owners of vehicles in this recall are entitled to a free airbag replacement from a Volvo dealer. Notification letters with more instructions will be sent out on November 29.

Recent Volvo S60 recalls

Volvo recently recalled over 19,000 cars – including the 2021 Volvo S60 – over a seatbelt issue affecting children. The company also recalled over 85,000 cars – including the 2020 Volvo S60 – with defective fuel pumps this summer.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 250,000 US vehicles are included in this Volvo recall. To check if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Over 19,000 Volvos recalled over unsecured child seat concern

Ridgeville, SC – October 2, 2021 – Volvo (OTCMKTS: VLVLY) has issued a recall for 19,149 vehicles with a faulty passenger seat belt retractor that may not secure a child car seat correctly. This raises the risk of an injury to the child in an accident.

The recall includes:

  • 2021 Volvo V60CC
  • 2021 Volvo V90
  • 2021 Volvo V90CC
  • 2021 Volvo XC40
  • 2021 Volvo XC40 pure electric
  • 2021 Volvo XC90
  • 2021 – 2022 Volvo XC60
  • 2021 – 2022 Volvo S60
  • 2021 – 2022 Volvo V60

This is part of an ongoing recall with multiple manufacturers affected due to faulty parts supplied by Swedish-American manufacturer Autoliv.

Recall summary

Mechanisms called retractors hold seat belts in place. There are two kinds of retractors: Emergency Locking Retractors (ELR) that will allow for the seatbelt to extend with movement freely, but lock in place in the event of sudden deceleration, like if there is a crash; and Automatic Locking Retractors (ALR), which lock in place once it is withdrawn – it only gets tighter and does not extend further – making them a good fit for securing a child seat.. 

Due to faulty parts provided by Autoliv, the ALR function may deactivate and cause the child seat to come loose and move around.

Recall risks

As reported, child seats reduce deaths by 71% for infants under 1 year old and 54% for kids between 1 and 4 years. If a child seat is not secured correctly, it can seriously increase the risk of injury. 

Safety tips

To reduce the risk, parents should use the lower anchors and tethers for children system (LATCH) instead of seat belts while the issue is being fixed, as reported.

Warning signs 

Owners may realize that the ALR is not working if the clicking noise made when it is activated stops before the seat belt is fully retracted. 

Background of the recall

As mentioned, this is part of an ongoing series of recalls brought upon by faulty seat belts supplied by Swedish-American supplier Autoliv. Other manufacturers that have been affected include Volkswagen, JaguarLand Rover and Stellantis, among others.

Other Volvo recalls

A Volvo recall from earlier this year for defective airbags also included some models part of this recall, like the Volvo V60, V90, XC60, and XC90.

The repair

Dealers will change the affected seat belt assembly and the seat belt, free of charge, if required.

Owners will be notified on October 31, 2021.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

To find out if your vehicle is affected by this Volvo seat belt recall, check MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volvo recalls vehicles due to risk of engine shutoff while driving

Ridgeville, SC – July 15, 2021 – Volvo (OTCMKTS: VLVLY) has announced a recall for 85,550 vehicles because of a faulty fuel pump. The issue can cause the car to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The component in question is the 15A fuse, with its part number unknown. 

The recall includes the following vehicles:

  • 2019 Volvo S60
  • 2020 Volvo S60
  • 2019 Volvo S90
  • 2020 Volvo S90
  • 2019 Volvo S90L
  • 2020 Volvo S90L
  • 2019 Volvo V60
  • 2020 Volvo V60
  • 2019 Volvo V60CC
  • 2020 Volvo V60CC
  • 2019 Volvo V90
  • 2020 Volvo V90
  • 2019 Volvo V90CC
  • 2020 Volvo V90CC
  • 2019 Volvo XC60
  • 2020 Volvo XC60
  • 2019 Volvo XC90
  • 2020 Volvo XC90

Recall summary 

The fuse to the recalled cars’ fuel pump may blow during “pre-run” actions like “unlocking the vehicle, opening the door, or pushing on the brake pedal.”  A blown fuse will cause the fuel pump to fail, cutting off the fuel supply to the engine and causing the car to lose power while in motion.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) that are part of this recall will not lose power until the battery is depleted.


Stalling while driving is very dangerous and can result in the driver being rear-ended by vehicles moving at a high speed.  Additionally, the driver may become stranded in a hard-to-access area. For additional risks, please refer to a recent article on a Ford recall due to the same issue.

Warning signs

The driver may be warned that the fuse is blown if the engine does not start or a warning message is displayed in the infotainment panel

Other Volvo recalls

In August 2020, the Volvo 2018 – 2020 XC60 was part of an 87,226 vehicle-wide recall for loose windshield wipers. In March 2020, several of these same models including 2019 & 2020 S60, V60, V60CC, S90L, V90CC, XC60 and XC90 were part of a large vehicle recall for a software issue, causing the automatic emergency brake System to fail.


The repair that replaces the 15A fuse with a 20A fuse is free of charge. Owners will be notified if their Volvo needs a replacement on August 1, 2021.

Is your vehicle part of this recall? 

Approximately 85,550 vehicles are part of this Volvo fuel pump recall. To do a Volvo recall check, use Motorsafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volvo recalls SUVs and wagons for defective airbag system

Ridgeville, SC – January 25, 2021 – Volvo  (OTCMKTS: VLVLY) has recalled 2,883 vehicles  whose supplemental restraint system (SRS) control unit – an important safety component – may become detached during a crash, affecting the performance of safety systems such as airbags. The recall includes:

  • 2021 Volvo V60 and V60CC wagons
  • 2021 Volvo V90 and V90CC wagons
  • 2021 Volvo XC60 compact SUVs
  • 2021 Volvo XC90 SUVs

Recall summary  

Volvo’s recall addresses a manufacturing error that may cause the SRS control unit to detach during a crash, affecting multiple crash safety systems. If it is disconnected, the SRS control unit may not properly activate airbags, tighten seat belts or disconnect the car’s high voltage battery, putting vehicle occupants at higher risk of injury. 

The defect can be traced to a 12-day period when the Swedish manufacturer failed to properly measure how tightly they screwed in the SRS control units. 


In a crash, airbags can reduce vehicle occupants’ risk of fatal injury by 11%, but only if they are functioning properly. Airbags that deploy improperly or do not deploy at all, can’t protect drivers and passengers from impact and could lead to injury or death.

The drivers may be alerted to the potential issue if the SRS warning light comes on and “a text message “Service Urgent” is displayed,” according to NHTSA.

The repair

Volvo dealers will inspect the screws holding the SRS control unit to the car and will tighten them if necessary, at no charge to owners. Owners will be notified with more information about the recall starting February 19. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Nearly 3,000 vehicles are included in this Volvo recall. To see if your car is one of them – and if Volvo V60 Cross Country is included – use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volvo recalls luxury sedans for Takata-like airbag problems

Pleasanton, CA – November 29, 2020 – Volvo Car USA (OTC:GELYF)  has recalled 54,124 executive cars with airbags whose inflators may burst and injure or kill the driver and passengers with “metal fragments” when deployed. The recall concerns the FG2 Twin Driver Airbag Inflator Module containing 5AT 148 and includes:

  • 2001-2003 Volvo S60
  • 2001-2003 Volvo S80

Recall summary

Airbag inflators perform exactly what you’d expect them to do – inflate a car’s airbag when needed in the event of a crash. In a scenario that’s eerily similar to the infamous Takata airbag recall, metal fragments that form part of the inflator may shatter during the airbag deployment and strike the occupants of the vehicle.

The defect is a result of the propellant in the airbag being exposed to hot temperatures and “elevated moisture levels” present in the areas with such climate. As such, the recall encompasses 22 Southern U.S. states, as well as five U.S. territories,  such as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. 

History of airbag troubles

Since 2018, ZF TRW – a U.S. subsidiary of German auto parts maker ZF Group that appears to be behind the recall – has been subject to 68 lawsuits, according to the court records. At least one of the ongoing lawsuits allege that ZF-manufactured airbags fail to deploy during a crash because of a “design defect,” according to a transcript from a hearing.


In the event of a crash, the airbag deploys at a very high speed, in less than a second.  During the deployment, the metal fragments in the inflator can shoot out and injure the driver or the passengers or cause their death.

As of the date of the recall, one fatality was reported.


Volvo will be replacing the driver side airbag free of charge. The vehicle owners will be notified of the recall on January 4.  It is not clear, however, when the remedy will be available.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 54,000 vehicles are a part of this Volvo Car recall. To check whether your car is one of them, you can use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volvo XC60 recalled for loose windshield wipers

Pleasanton, CA – Aug 27, 2020 –Volvo Car USA LLC (OTCMKTS: VLVLY) has recalled 87,226 compact SUVs with improperly attached windshield wipers. The recall includes model year 2018-2020 Volvo XC60 compact SUVs.

Recall summary  

The wipers on the recalled Volvos may not be properly screwed into the car. The nuts holding the wipers to the windshield could loosen and keep the blades from effectively clearing water from the windshield, causing visibility problems for the driver. 

The issue has been traced to a mistake in the instructions Volvo gave to the Swedish and Chinese factories who build their XC60s. The mistake has since been corrected, so only cars manufactured before May 20, 2020 are implicated in the recall.


Nearly 1,235,000 crashes each year are weather-related, and 40% of these occur in the rain. It is important to maintain good visibility in wet weather so that you can react as quickly as possible to hazards and other driving obstacles. Poorly attached windshield wipers can seriously affect visibility in these conditions, making driving on wet roads even more dangerous.

The repair

Volvo will tighten the loose windshield wiper arm on the affected vehicles for free. The recall repair is currently available and should take less than half a day.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 87,000 vehicles are part of this Volvo recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Rebecca RandVolvo XC60 recalled for loose windshield wipers

Volvo Cross Country vehicles recalled for faulty seat belts

Pleasanton, CA – June 30, 2020 – The Volvo Group (NASDAQ:VLVLY) has recalled 307,910 Cross Country vehicles with seat belts that are not properly closing. The recall includes:

  • 2008-2016 Volvo V70 and XC70 vehicles
  • 2007-2016 Volvo S80 vehicles
  • 2011-2018 Volvo S60 and V60 vehicles
  • 2016-2018 Volvo S60CC  vehicles
  • 2014-2020 Volvo S60L vehicles
  • 2009-2015 Volvo S80L vehicles
  • 2009-2016 Volvo XC60 vehicles
  • 2015-2018 Volvo V60CC vehicles

Recall summary  

On July 9, Volvo determined that certain Cross Country models should be recalled to repair seat belts in the front seats, on both the driver and the passenger sides.

The need for repair is caused by a faulty steel cable that connects the seat belt to the occupant’s seat. Due to an undisclosed issue, the cable may fatigue over time, especially when bent over the seat cushion. The fatigued cable may weaken or break and not fully restrain the occupant in the event of a crash.


Seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017. If the belt is not securely fastened, the car occupants can be injured by inflating air bags or thrown from the vehicle in the event of a crash. As such, out of 37,000 people killed in car crashes in 2017, close to half were not wearing seat belts.

The repair

To fix the issue, your dealer will replace the seat belt cable for both front seats. The repair will be free of charge and is estimated to take an hour.

However, that replacement is not available until at least December. In the meantime, Volvo recommends that drivers and passengers fasten the seat belt “in a vertical position,” parallel to the backrest, without bending it over the seat cushion.  This is set to minimize the damage to the cable.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 307,000 vehicles are included in this Volvo recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Some Volvo S60 owners to receive recall notice in June

Laguna Hills, CA – June 3, 2019 – Volvo Car USA is recalling thousands of S60 vehicles due to a rear suspension issue that may present a safety hazard to affected owners while driving, potentially resulting in a crash. The flaw, first recognized in late April and brought to the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is for 2019 model year sedans. Owners will be informed of the issue by direct mail. Those contacted are urged to take their automobiles off the roads for the time being so the vehicles can be serviced by their nearest Volvo dealer. Motorists will not be charged for the fix.

The Defect

As detailed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 8,300 S60 Volvos are being recalled due to the revelation that certain bolts and lock nuts, which attach to the rear toe link flange – a constituent of the suspension system –  may be not be screwed on tightly enough. As a result, the components of the vehicle that assist with steering may malfunction or detach should the bolts be further loosened, increasing the risk of a crash.

Timeline of Events

The luxury model has been a hot seller for Volvo since it was originally introduced in 2000 and has been through several iterations ever since, now in its third generation as of 2018. S60s are predominantly manufactured at a recently opened assembly plant near Charlestown, South Carolina, which is where the flaw appears to have derived, opening around the same time as the S60’s redesign.

Brought to the attention of Volvo, the luxury automaker relayed the assembly oversight to the NHTSA, wherein an investigation launched April 25 on models built at the Berkeley County plant. Investigators determined that 8,266 S60 sedans were likely affected, or what amounts to 1% of the total volume either on the roads or dealers’ showroom floors, The Car Connection reported. Most of the S60 Volvos involved in the recall are believed to have originated from the luxury automaker’s newly opened plant in the Palmetto State.

The Solution

Starting June 21, owners of the affected S60s can expect to receive a notification either from Volvo or NHTSA pertaining to the flawed suspension system. Drivers can continue to check back at to see if their vehicle is affected and if the repair is available. This repair will be free of charge.

Sean ReyesSome Volvo S60 owners to receive recall notice in June

Volvo recalls 167,000 cars worldwide to fix trunk lid

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Geely holding company, says it is recalling 167,000 cars worldwide with more than 45,000 in the U.S.A. because the hatch lid lift system on electric trunks can loosen, stop working in cold weather, and possibly cause damage. This recall affects 2018-2019 Volvo XC60s.

Recall summary

Volvo Cars USA LLC determined that the liftgate arms on 2018 and 2019 VC60s are negatively affected by freezing temperatures. The liftgate arms are used to assist in the opening of the liftgate and also to help secure the gate closed. 


If the arms were to freeze this could cause the arms to become separated from the vehicle. If the lifting arms were to separate, they could project rearward with extreme force. By doing so the arms would present a major risk of injury to persons and property. 


Volvo has stated that it will replace the tailgate lifting arms with an improved design. This repair will take less than half a day and be performed free of charge. 

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 45,000 cars are included in this recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Rear Seat Lock Striker Issue Causes Volvo Recall

U.S. – Aug. 30, 2018 – According to US Recall News, Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) has announced a recall for some of its vehicles that have potential faulty seat backs. In the event of a crash or accident, these seat backs could move rapidly and unexpectedly, posing a risk for injury to passengers inside the car. This recall is in line with several others this year by Volvo over interior faulty components, including oil pressure indicators, headlights and starter motor fuses.

The Defect

In the back rear seats of certain Volvos, there might be a missing key component that secured the back of the seat in place. The rear seat back lock strikers are part of the seat back that moves backward and forward for adjusting. In the event of sudden movement, such as hard braking, stopping rapidly or a crash, this lock striker could come loose and not have the seat secured properly. This put the passenger at risk of injury in crash circumstances.

The vehicle model involved in this particular recall is the 2019 Volvo XC40. This is a compact SUV in the Volvo line that comes in three styles: the Momentum, the Inscription and the R-Design. According to Volvo’s website, there will be a full electric version of the XC40 manufactured in 2020.

About 25 vehicles are being recalled for this specific faulty part in the rear seats. So far, there has been no reports of injury or accidents due to the problem with the rear seat backs and lock strikers.

According to Fortune, one of Volvo’s biggest recalls in recent history involved 74,000 vehicles in 2016. It posed a potentially dangerous situation, as there was issues with the seat belt mechanisms found in 2016 and 2017 Volvo S60, S90, V60, VC60 and XC90 models. The lock was not working correctly, putting drivers and passengers at risk for not being secure in the moving vehicle. Volvo offered full inspections of the seat belts and notified all owners by mail, and did further checks at dealerships to unsold cars. No injuries or accidents were reported relating to the specific recall.

This year has seen several other recalls for Volvos, according to Edmunds. More than 7,700 models from 2014 have been recalled due to potential signaling and headlight malfunctions, as well as another 7,800 from 2016 that could have issues with the starter motor fuse. Certain Volvo S60s, about 30,000 total, are also being recalled over a problem with the indicator that alerts drivers of low oil pressure.

Timeline of Events

Earlier this month, Volvo made the recall announcement for certain XC40 models. They are offering repairs to the faulty seat components and vehicle interior checks for owners. If the seat back lock striker is missing from the vehicle, Volvo will replace it free of charge during the inspection. Officially, the recall will begin on October 15, 2018. Owners and drivers will be notified of the issue so they can take measurements to rectify the recall.

The Solution

If drivers, owners and dealerships are concerned about the recent Volvo recall, they can find out if their vehicle is affected by this recall by using MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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