Volvo Cars, are in fact, recall 460,769 older model cars worldwide due to faulty airbags that could be deadly in the event of a crash.
Moreover, the problem does occur when the airbag is activating because of a crash. In fact, the fragments of the inflator inside the airbag may, in specific cases, project out and in the worse case strike an occupant. Moreover, potentially resulting in serious injury and/or death. The company has recently told U.S. safety regulators.
Volvo – One Rupture Incident
The Geely-owned Volvo, which recently did confirm plans to go public, is, in fact, aware of one rupture incident. It did result in a fatality due to the problem. This is according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Older-model Volvos are the vehicles impacting. In fact, they do include the 2001-2006 S80 and 2001-2009 S60. Between May 2000-March 2009, the vehicles were producing. In fact, more than half of the vehicles – 259,383 – were selling in the U.S.
Airbag Propellant Tablets
Occurring over time, Volvo said the problem is if the airbag inflator propellant tables are subjecting to elevated moisture levels. Plus frequent high inflator temperatures. In fact, the tablets can start to decay and form dust particles. They increase the pressure and “burn rate” of the devices. Moreover, those factors could cause the inflator to rupture and spray metal fragments at occupants.
“In the event of a crash, that where the driver airbag is activating, fragments of the inflator inside the airbag may, in certain cases, project out and in the worst case, strike you, potentially resulting in serious injury or death,” according to Volvo.
Volvo will replace the driver airbag at no charge to the customer to fix the problem. Therefore, it plans to notify impacted owners as soon as next month to fix the vehicles.