This year may go down in history as the year of nearly non-stop car recall announcements. Joining the recent long list of automobile manufacturers to issue car recalls, Volvo has one of the lowest amounts of recalled cars at 10,000 in the United States. The vehicles’ air bags could malfunction during a crash, announced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As the NHTSA explains, there could be “an intermittent fault in the driver’s airbag clock spring wiring connector for the supplemental restraint system.” During a collision, a driver’s front airbag may not deploy, leaving the driver unprotected from potentially sustaining personal injury. The recall affects model years 2010-2011 S80, XC70, model year 2011 XC60 and model year 2010 V70 vehicles.
To fix the malfunctioning air bag, Volvo dealers will install a “metal shim” in the clock spring wiring connector of a driver’s airbag for free. Volvo remarked that it has received 142 reported complaints worldwide due to the air bag malfunctioning, causing the company to proclaim the problem as “potentially critical.” As a San Bernardino car accident attorney, I want a potential car buyer to know that it is illegal to sell a car currently undergoing a recall, however if it is placed back on the market and declared safe, a previously recalled vehicle should have undergone all necessary fixes. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide how comfortable you are owning a car with a history of recalls.