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.