After metal fragments from an exploding air bag killed a driver, Volvo Cars USA is recalling as many as 54,124 additional vehicles due to an air bag defect. This newest recall is on an air bag inflator made by auto parts supplier ZF/TRW, which has its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. (Bloomberg.com).
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said this incident is the only known death worldwide caused by this specific air bag. “It is reviewing data with Volvo about other vehicles equipped with the inflators and will decide whether to take further action.” (TheWashingtonPost)
This recall covers Volvo S60 and S80 cars, model years 2001 through 2003, “that were sold or registered in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”
Volvo says they will contact owners of these vehicles and will replace the “inflators with a modern propellant and inflator [at no cost]. Parts are expected to be available by March.” (Reuters.com)
The Takata airbag recall, the largest auto recall in history, began in 2015. According to the NHTSA, as of October 29, 2019, this recall had affected around 70 million airbags.
Many drivers who own vehicles containing these defective airbags either haven’t received the recall notices or just haven’t taken the risk seriously. In October of 2019, the NHTSA estimated that “more than 200,000 South Carolina cars are being driven with defective airbags made by the Takata Corp.” (PostandCourier.com)
How to find out if your vehicle is affected by this recall, or any other recall:
- Go to checktoprotect.org, and type in your vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Call your dealership.
- Sign up for future recall alerts on NHTSA’s website.
What to do if your vehicle is affected by a recall:
Call the nearest dealership for your vehicle. “Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.” (NHTSA)
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