October 5 (WNN) — Volvo is recalling more than 460,000 cars worldwide because of faulty air bag inflators, which threaten to explode and splash metal pieces on the occupants of the vehicle.
The company said it is aware of a fatal incident related to faulty air bags, which are manufactured by ZF Group and Autoliv.
“In the event of an accident where the driver’s air bag is activated, pieces of the inflator inside the air bag can, in some cases, project out and in the worst case strike you, potentially causing serious injury or death. Maybe,” Volvo said. A safety recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Volvo cars have been centrally received and are aware of a breakdown incident. That one breakdown incident resulted in a fatality report related to this condition.”
The recall affects 259,383 old model vehicles in the United States and a total of 460,769 worldwide, including the 2001-2006 Volvo S80x and 2001-2009 Volvo S60.
Air bag inflator propellant tablets exposed to high temperatures and moisture over time can rot and form dust particles, leading to high burn rates, high combustion chamber pressures and the risk of cracking.
Volvo will replace driver air bags at no cost to customers. According to Consumer Reports, the recall extends past recalls from 2020 that included more than 54,000 S60 and S80 sedans from model years 2001 to 2003.
Defective air bags cost the auto industry billions of dollars and bankrupt Japanese auto supplier Takata.
General Motors recalled more than 7 million SUVs and pickups in November for faulty air bags made by Takata after NHTSA rejected the company’s claim that a recall was not necessary.
In 2014, a propellant in Takata air bags degraded after exposure to extreme weather, causing the bags to overflow and possibly burst.
More than 63 million air bags have been replaced in a recall related to Takata air bags, killing at least 18 people and injuring many more.