Volvo remembers greater than 460K vehicles globally over deadly air-bag situation

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Swedish carmaker Volvo is recalling greater than 460,000 vehicles all over the world due to a danger {that a} element in air luggage might rupture into metallic fragments — which has resulted in not less than one fatality, the corporate mentioned.

Volvo is recalling practically 260,000 vehicles within the US, the corporate told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a letter dated Monday.

“The driver’s air bag inflator may explode during deployment, due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling,” the corporate wrote to the regulator.

“An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death,” the letter goes on.

The recall applies to 2 fashions — the S80 automotive produced between 2001 and 2006, and the S60 automobiles produced between 2001 and 2009.

Dealers will exchange the motive force’s air bag free of charge in affected vehicles, the corporate added.

2005 Volvo S60
The recall applies to 2 fashions — the S80 automotive produced between 2001 and 2006, and the S60 automobiles (seen right here) produced between 2001 and 2009.
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And in a safety recall report submitted to NHTSA, Volvo notified the company that it’s conscious of not less than one incident wherein somebody died.

The defect on the root of the recall is much like the one which’s plagued air bag inflators produced by Japan-based Takata Corporation.

Over the previous decade, greater than 67 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled within the US as a result of the inflators can ship lethal metallic fragments flying in uncommon situations. It’s the largest automotive security callback of all time.

There have been not less than 37 deaths worldwide, together with 19 within the US allegedly linked to the Takata inflators, and greater than 400 accidents.

Last month, the NHTSA opened a brand new investigation into some 30 million vehicles constructed by greater than 20 automakers with doubtlessly defective Takata airbag inflators.

Millions of vehicles that use the possibly lethal airbag elements are believed to nonetheless be on the highway regardless of efforts to take away them.