Volvo is recalling 460,769 older mannequin vehicles worldwide because of defective airbags that may explode and ship shrapnel into the cabin.
Greater than half of the autos have been offered within the U.S.
The corporate is conscious of 1 rupture incident that resulted in a fatality because of the drawback, based on paperwork filed with the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration.
The recall is along with one from November 2020, which was accomplished after an unidentified U.S. driver was killed, the Related Press reported.
The autos are older-model Volvos which have been produced between Might 2000 and March 2009. They embody the 2001-2006 S80 and 2001-2009 S60.
The issue happens over time if the airbag inflator propellant tablets are subjected to elevated moisture ranges and frequent excessive inflator temperatures, the corporate stated.
The tablets can begin to decay and kind mud particles, which will increase the strain and “burn price” of the units. These elements might trigger the inflator to rupture and spray steel fragments at occupants.
Volvo stated that in “the occasion of a crash the place the motive force airbag is activated, fragments of the inflator contained in the air bag could, in sure circumstances, venture in and out worst case strike you, doubtlessly leading to severe damage or loss of life,”.
Sellers will substitute inflators with new ones. Homeowners will get letters beginning Nov. 29.
Individually, Volvo is looking for to boost $2.9 billion (U.S.) by an preliminary public providing which might be one of many greatest in Europe this yr.
CEO Hakan Samuelsson instructed CNBC that the automaker’s shift to electrical autos is the rationale behind its deliberate itemizing on the Nasdaq Stockholm inventory change.
Samuelsson defined that the shift to electrical autos was “not freed from cost.”