Volvo Cars of North America is recalling 2012 models of the S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 manufactured between May 16, 2011 and October 6, 2011. Approximately 17,000 vehicles are included in the recall.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the wire harnesses under the front seats of the recalled vehicles may have been improperly attached. As a result, when passengers adjust those seats, the wiring may become disconnected.
That's especially bad, because the wires in those harnesses are connected to things like airbags. And if the wires become disconnected, that impairs the effectiveness of those components.
In plain English: if the wires are disconnected, the front and side airbags may not deploy during an accident. Also, the lap belt pretensioner may not deploy.
Volvo will begin sending notices about the recall by March 30. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Volvo dealer, who will inspect and secure the wire harnesses, as necessary.
For additional information, we encourage you to contact Volvo at 800-458-1552 and ask about recall #250. Or if you prefer, you can call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V075000.