Volvo North America is recalling a number of passenger vehicles due to a problem with the driver's side airbag system. According to a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the flaw affects several vehicles from the 2010 and 2011 model years, and it could lead to substantial injury in the event of a crash.
The NHTSA has identified the problem as "an intermittent fault in the driver's airbag clockspring wiring connector for the supplemental restraint system". If you're a Volvo owner, there are a couple of takeaways in that phrase: (a) the problem is "intermittent", which is slightly better than "persistent", and (b) the problem only affects the driver's frontal airbag, meaning that other airbags in the vehicle should deploy properly in a crash situation. Neither of those is ideal, but while you're waiting to have your car fixed, it may be some small comfort to know that the problem is restricted to one major safety device.
The vehicles at risk are as follows:
Volvo S80 (2010-2011)
Volvo V70 (2010)
Volvo XC60 (2011)
Volvo XC70 (2010-2011)
If you own one of the 9,746 units affected by the recall, repairs are expected to begin by next Friday, October 29. Dealers will install a metal shim in the clockspring wiring connector, which will fix the problem.
Should you have questions, contact your dealer directly, or call Volvo at 800-458-1552 and reference Volvo Safety Recall #R229. Alternately, contact the NHTSA at888-327-4236 and reference campaign #10V489000.