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Volvo recalls 2.2 million cars worldwide due to safety issue

Due to an ‘extremely rare’ seatbelt safety issue, Volvo Cars confirms it is recalling 2.2 million vehicles worldwide.


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According to Volvo Cars, through investigation, they have ‘identified a problem regarding the front seat belt fastening, mounted on the outer side of the front seat. The front seat belt fastening cable may over time suffer from reduced strength under certain circumstances.’

The safety issue affects eight models which are previous-generation S60, S60 Cross Country, V60, V60 Cross Country, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 cars produced between 2006 and 2018 with no currently produced cars affected.

Volvo said to be ‘assured that this issue is extremely rare and that there have been no reports of any related incidents, and the issue can only occur over time and with a specific set of circumstances.

An indicator of a potential issue is damage to the rubber sleeve in which the cable is housed.’

Stefan Elfstrom, a spokesman for the car brand, told Swedish public radio:

“We have seen that this wire can be subject to wear and tear under special conditions,’ reducing the seat belt’s protection, he said, adding “this is a very rare problem”.

Volvo Cars states: ‘We expect the majority of vehicles to be rectified this year. To remedy the concern, the relevant seat belt component will need to be replaced.’

Volvo owners can check if their car is impacted by going to the Volvo Cars website.

Models affected 
Model Model Year Production Dates
S80 2007-2016 2006-02-07 / 2016-04-08
S60 2011-2018 2010-05-21 / 2018-08-14
V70 2008-2016 2007-03-14 / 2016-04-27
XC70 2008-2016 2007-05-09 / 2016-05-30
S60 Cross Country 2016-2018 2015-04-13 / 2018-05-30
V60 2011-2018 2010-06-22 / 2018-08-27
XC60 2009-2016 2008-03-18 / 2016-04-22
V60 Cross Country 2015-2018 2014-12-04 / 2018-08-21