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Volvo is conducting a safety recall campaign on certain 2012 model year XC60 and XC70 crossovers and S60 and S80 sedans over concerns about an improperly attached wiring harness.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at approximately 17,000.
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Documentation from Volvo indicates that the dates of manufacture for the XC70 and S80 are from May 16, 2011 through October 4, 2011 and for the XC60 and S60, the manufacturing dates are from May 16, 2011 through October 6, 2011.
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At issue is that the wire harness under the driver and/or front passenger seat may not have been attached properly to the seat frame. A wire harness that hangs too low may get caught in the floor-mounted amplifier located under the seat if the seat is moved to adjust the seating position.
If this condition occurs, the harness connector may detach from the corresponding socket, leading to the illumination of the supplemental restraint system (SRS) light and a message to the driver in the Driver Information Module “SRS service required urgent.”
The consequence of this may be that, in the case of an accident requiring airbag deployment, the airbag may not deploy as intended or not deploy at all, increasing the risk of injury. In addition, the lap belt pretensioners may not deploy.
Volvo said that it had received 182 valid warranty claims from June 13, 2011 through February 17, 2012 involving the condition. The automaker said it had not received any reports of any injuries, fatalities or crashes related to this condition.
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What Volvo will do
Volvo will notify owners and dealers will inspect the vehicles, replacing the seat wire harness as necessary, free of charge. The Volvo safety recall campaign is expected to begin on March 30, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2012 Volvo XC60, XC70, S60 and S80 vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Reference the Volvo safety campaign number 250.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V075000.