A component separation might now allow for proper restraint in an accident.
Update: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its report about the recall. We have attached it in the Press Release section below.
Volvo will recall 74,000 vehicles in the United States and 5,084 in Canada for a potential crash safety issue for passengers. The problem affects the 2016-2017 S60, V60, XC60, and XC90. It also covers the 2017 S90.
According to Transport Canada, the front passenger seat belt buckle stud might have a manufacturing error that could cause a separation between the buckle and seat belt bracket. In a crash, the safety device might not adequately restrain someone, which could increase the risk of injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S has not yet posted info about the campaign.
Volvo dealers will check the front passenger seat belt buckle stud will replace the components as necessary. Company spokesperson Jim Nichols told Automotive News that the company sent recall notices to owners on October 28 and a repair would only take a few minutes. He reported there were no known incidents of this problem actually happening. The automaker already inspected any new vehicles still in showroom inventories.
The S90 and XC90 are some of the newest products in the Volvo range. They both share the company’s new SPA modular platform. The brand’s luxury crossover has received significant critical praise, including a Wards 10 Best Interiors honor and being North American Truck/Utility of the Year. For the 2017 model year, Volvo gave both vehicles significant tech updates. For example, the available Pilot Assist II semi-autonomous drive technology gave them limited self-piloting capabilities on highways.
Volvo is now working on major upgrades for the 60 series of models. These vehicles will ride on a new CMA platform that will offer the SPA chassis’ packaging advantages but in a smaller footprint. The new XC60 will be the first of them to arrive, and the debut will likely come in the latter half of 2017. Sales will probably commence for the 2018 model year.
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Transport Canada Recall # 2016534
Recall Date 2016/10/28
Notification Type Safety Mfr
System Seats And Restraints
Manufacturer Recall Number R89708
Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 5,084
Category Car, SUV
On certain vehicles, the front passenger seatbelt buckle stud may not have been punched correctly during manufacturing. This may cause a separation between the buckle and the seat belt bracket, which could result in the belt not adequately restraining the seat occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury and/or damage to property.
Correction: Dealers will inspect the front passenger seat belt buckle stud, and replace the seatbelt buckle as necessary.
Make Model Model Year(s) Affected
VOLVO S60 2016 2017
VOLVO S90 2017
VOLVO V60 2016 2017
VOLVO XC60 2016 2017
VOLVO XC90 2016 2017
RECALL Subject : Seat Belt Buckle may Separate/FMVSS 210, 209
Report Receipt Date: NOV 02, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V798000
Component(s): SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74,027
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
VOLVO S60 2016-2017
VOLVO S90 2016-2017
VOLVO V60 2016-2017
VOLVO XC60 2016-2017
VOLVO XC90 2016-2017
5 Associated Documents expand
Manufacturer: Volvo Car USA LLC
Volvo Car USA LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 XC90, S90, XC60, V60 Cross Country, V60, S60 Cross Country, S60, and S60 Inscription vehicles manufactured February 16, 2015, to August 22, 2016. On the affected vehicles, the front passenger seat belt buckle attaching stud may loosen, allowing the buckle to separate from the seat belt bracket. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages" and number 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies."
If the seat belt buckle separates from the bracket, the front seat passenger may not be adequately restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front passenger seat belt buckle stud, replacing the seat belt buckle as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 12, 2016. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R89708.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.