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Volvo Recalling Many 2012 Models

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer March 2012
  • The recall affects 2012 S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 units
  • The defect stems from a wiring harness that could disconnect
  • Volvo will begin the recall on March 30

Volvo is recalling 17,000 units of its latest 2012 S60, S80, XC60 and XC70 models due to an electrical wiring issue. That's the latest from the automaker and the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who recently announced that the fault could affect the deployment of the airbags.

According to the NHTSA, a wiring harness under the front seat of affected vehicles may not have been correctly attached to the seat frame, which could cause wires to disconnect when the seat is moved under normal operation. The government agency says that could lead to improper airbag deployment as well as the failure of the lap belt pretensioner, which keeps occupants from experiencing violent movements during impact.

As the recall only includes 2012 models, many new vehicles currently in dealerships may also suffer from the defect. As a result, all 2012 models affected by the issue are currently under a "stop sale" order, which won't be lifted until each vehicle with the problem is fixed. Although Volvo hasn't estimated how long it will take to inspect and fix all affected new vehicles, the automaker did announce the "stop sale" went into effect on February 27.

For the 17,000 vehicles already in customer hands, Volvo says it expects to begin the recall March 30. According to the automaker, the issue has already prompted 182 warranty claims, but Volvo stresses it has not yet received any reports alleging injuries, fatalities or crashes stemming from the defect. In most cases, the disconnected wires caused the affected vehicle's "SRS" warning light to come on, triggering a visit to the dealership and immediate diagnosis of the problem.

While Volvo will notify drivers of affected vehicles by mail, concerned customers can call the automaker directly at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo owners worried about the recall can also call the NHTSA's safety hotline at 1-888-327-4326.  

What it means to you: If you recently bought a Volvo and your SRS light comes on, you can expect it's related to this issue.

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