Riverside, California 2021-10-21 11:11:02 –
Currently, more than 500,000 Volvo cars have been recalled due to a problem that caused the death of one driver.
Detroit — Volvo is recalling an additional 195,000 vehicles in the United States as front driver airbags could explode and send debris to the cabin.
This is the third recall in the United States for an airbag inflator problem manufactured by supplier ZF / TRW. This stems from the death of an unidentified American driver. In total, the recall covers more than 500,000 vehicles.
The latest recall posted Thursday by US security regulators covers 2001-2007 model XC70 and V70 wagons manufactured between February 22, 2000 and May 4, 2007.
This problem resembles the widespread trouble of airbag inflators manufactured by the bankrupt Japanese airbag maker Takata. The company used ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion and inflated the airbag. However, chemicals can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity, burning too quickly and blowing off metal canisters.
The Takata inflator explosion killed at least 19 people in the United States and 28 people worldwide.More than 400 people are injured in the United States
Volvo’s inflators do not use ammonium nitrate, but according to a document posted Thursday by the Department of Road Safety, propellants can deteriorate when exposed to high heat and humidity.
Volvo said in a document that the death was the only case of an inflator rupture that it knew.
ZF / TRW said the inflator is not sold to other automakers in the United States. The company’s US headquarters is in Livonia, near Detroit, Michigan.
Earlier this month, Volvo recalled nearly 260,000 old cars in the United States on the same issue. This was added to the recall from November 2020.
According to Volvo documents, dealers will replace driver airbags with “latest propellants / inflators.” Owners of the latest recall will be notified by letter from December 14th.
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