Wed, 27 Oct 2021

OSLO, Sweden: Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo is recalling over 460,000 vehicles worldwide due to a hazard caused by defective airbags.

Officials said the airbags can cause metal pieces to be shot through the inside of a car when inflating. There has been one reported casualty caused by the airbag.

Volvo has confirmed the recall of 260,000 cars, to date.

"The driver's air bag inflator may explode during deployment, due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling," according to a letter sent by Volvo.
"An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death," it stated.

The Volvo models being recalled are the S80 sedans manufactured during the 2001-2006 period, as well as the 2001-2009 S60 sedans.

Volvo will replace the airbags at no cost to car owners.

Volvo's safety recall report delivered to safety agencies indicated their knowledge of at least one case of an occupant of an auto dying due to to a flawed airbag.

In the course of the last 10 years, over 67 million Takata air bag inflators were recalled in the United States, the largest recall in history, due to their shooting metal throughout the autos.

Some 37 people lost their lives worldwide, including 19 in the United States due to the Takata airbag, while over 400 were injured.

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