Volvo recalls station wagons over exploding airbags

Ridgeville, SC – November 7, 2021 – Volvo (OTCMKTS:VLVLY) has recalled 194,546 cars because the driver-side airbag may explode and hurt shrapnel at vehicle occupants when deployed. This increases the risk of injury or even death for the occupants of the vehicle.

The recall follows on the heels of another recent Volvo recall due to the same issue and includes the following station wagons:

  • 2001 – 2007 Volvo V70
  • 2001 – 2007 Volvo XC70

Recall summary  

The Volvo V70 and Volvo XC70 airbag inflators under recall, built by German-American parts’ supplier ZF,  have a similar problem to the infamous Takata airbag — moisture, over time, corrodes explosive tablets inside the airbag inflator.

The degraded tablets, which are only supposed to explode hard enough to fill the airbag with gas, create a much larger explosion than intended. This may destroy the inflator and send its pieces flying through the vehicle with great force, resulting in an injury to its occupants.

Background of the recall

For background of this recall, please refer to this article.

Recall risks

The risks posed by this defect match those in the Takata airbag recall: Shrapnel from burst airbag inflators can cause injuries that 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 December 14.

Recent Volvo recalls

Volvo recently recalled over 259,000 cars that are also subject to this ZF airbag hazard.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 194,000 vehicles are included in this Volvo airbag recall. To run a Volvo recall check on your car, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Rebecca RandVolvo recalls station wagons over exploding airbags

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