The Safety Innovation That Put Volvo on the Map Is Behind Its Largest Recall

the safety innovation that put volvo on the map is behind its largest recall

To be fair, three-point seat belts didn’t exactly set American consumers on fire back in 1959, but the innovation eventually caught on, becoming the industry’s dominant passive restraint.

Yet even safety features can contain safety defects, which is why Volvo Cars is embarking on its largest recall to date. The (Chinese-owned) Swedish automaker has announced a global callback of 2,183,701 vehicles built over the span of 14 years.

This news is still young, and it seems the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t yet caught up. As such, we can only tell you the recall’s associated time frame and model list.

That period spans 2006 to 2019, with such models as the Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70, and S80 impacted by the defect. In a statement reported by Reuters, Volvo Cars said, “The issue is related to a steel cable connected to the front seat belts.”

“The cable may, under certain rare circumstances and user behaviours, over time suffer from fatigue. This could eventually cause damage to the cable, resulting in reduced seat belt restraint function,” the automaker continued.

The safety-obsessed company said its recall was strictly a preventative measure, as it knows of no known incidents or injuries stemming from the issue.Volvo will begin contacting owners, asking them to get in touch with their dealer to arrange a free fix. In this case, it’s a straightforward repair.

While its history is one of constant safety innovation, Volvo has lately taken its quest for zero passenger deaths in a new direction, capping the top speed of its new cars at 112 mph in a bid to achieve its goal.

[Images: Volvo Cars]

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  • SoCalMikester SoCalMikester on Jul 01, 2020

    i wonder how many that come in might be tempted to buy or lease a new volvo. checking and possibly replacing a cable doesnt sound too expensive.

  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Jul 01, 2020

    I hate Volvos, because they appear to exist only to make my radar detector false Laser hits....and don't have one following you....

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.