A manufacturing error has led to a recall Stateside for 2,883 units of the 2021 Volvo V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC60 and XC90, with a 100 percent estimated defect rate.
During assembly at Volvo’s Torslanda plant in Sweden, the SRS (Supplementary Restraint System), which controls the airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and disconnects the high voltage battery in the event of a crash, was not attached to the vehicle’s body according to specifications, “due to human error”, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“A detached SRS control unit can decrease the performance of occupant protection systems such as airbags, seatbelts and high voltage battery disconnect, increasing the risk of injury during a crash”, the NHTSA explained in the ‘Description of the Safety Risk’, without saying if they’re aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
The affected vehicles were made in September 2020 and will be inspected by the car manufacturer’s authorized technicians, who were instructed to check the torque of the mounting screws for the SRS crash sensor and re-torque them to the correct standard. The work will be carried out free of charge, and dealers have already been informed of the issue. Owners should hear from Volvo in a few weeks, as the recall is expected to begin on February 19.
Until then, they can contact the Volvo Car customer service as 1-800-458-1552, using the recall reference number #R10068, or the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.