17,000 MY 2012 Volvo S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 Recalled
Volvo is calling back the 2012 models of the S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 to dealerships over an electric wiring flaw. The company has also issued a stop-sale order to Volvo dealers on the affected vehicles until the issue is resolved. A total of 17000 vehicles are said to be subjected to the recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has explained on its website the probable cause of the problem. It states that the wire harness under the front seats in the car may have not been attached properly to the seat frame. Hence while moving the seats to adjust the seating positions, the wire harness may get pulled, causing it to disconnect.
“In the event of (a) crash, the front and/or side impact airbags may deploy improperly or not at all, increasing the risk of injury,” said the NHTSA. “Also, the lap belt pretensioner may not deploy.”
Volvo confirms to inspect and secure the seat wire harness of the affected vehicles at its dealerships without any fee.
According to the Swedish automobile manufacturer, there are currently no reports about any injuries, fatalities or crashes due to the defect. Volvo affirms to have received a total of 182 warranty claims from the U.S. market through February 17 concerning this issue. As per the NHTSA website, the recall is expected to begin by end of this month, around March 30. Until then, the owners of the affected vehicles may contact Volvo for any information at 1-800-458-1552 or reach the federal agency at 888-327-4236.