Killer airbag inflators manufactured by a rival of the infamous Takata corporation will be recalled in Australia, the United States, and other countries.
In Australia, Volvo will recall almost 1500 vehicles due to faulty airbags produced by a competitor to Takata.
Currently, 1469 Volvo S60 and S80 sedans produced between 2004 and 2009 are affected by the issue.
However, it can potentially spread to other automobiles that use safety parts made by ZF/TRW, a competitor to Takata in Japan.
Takata airbag failures resulted in the world’s largest safety recall.
Across 100 million cars were recalled by dozens of manufacturers worldwide, including more than 4 million in Australia, to repair defective airbag inflators.
More than two dozen deaths have been connected to Takata inflators globally, including three in Australia.
The current batch of ZF inflator recalls covers 460,000 vehicles worldwide, including 1469 in Australia.
According to a recall notice issued by the US National Highway Traffic Administration, Volvo blames decaying airbag inflators on high temperatures and “elevated moisture levels” in humid areas.
The explosive airbag inflators have the potential to ignite more quickly and violently than anticipated.
The driver might be hit by fragments from the inflator in the case of an accident with a driver airbag activation when a rupture occurs, potentially resulting in serious injury or death, according to the recall notice.
One individual in the United States is said to have died as a result of the issue.
The recall, according to a Volvo Australia spokesman, only concerns automobiles from a previous product generation.
He stated that no cars in our current line-up are affected by this.
“At the time their automobile is included in the phased recall, Volvo Cars will notify owners of all cars affected to the recall, instructing them on how to have their cars corrected.”
The faulty airbag assembly will be replaced with a new unit in all automobiles affected by the recall.”
The company stated that there is a “low likelihood” of inflators rupturing and that customers who are impacted will be contacted personally.