Volvo issues its biggest ever safety recall over seatbelt fears

160,000 UK vehicles recalled as part of a worldwide issue affecting over 2.1million cars

Volvo has issued what’s thought to be its biggest ever worldwide recall after it identified potential for flexible steel cable failure which could result in “reduced seat belt restraint function”.

Volvo reassures motorists the issue is “extremely rare” with the recall being a “precautionary” measure.

A total of 169,491 cars in the UK are affected by the issue.

Affected models include S80 models from model years 2007 and 2016, S60 cars from 2011 to 2019 as well as V70 and XC70 vehicles from 2008 to 2016.

The S60 Cross Country from 2016 to 2018 and the V60 Cross Country from 2015 to 2018 have also been listed in the recall.

XC60 cars from 2009 and 2016 and V60 models between the 2011 and 2018 model ranges will also be called in for upgrades.

The manufacturer has confirmed they have received no reports of any accidents or injuries connected to the issue.

“Wear and fatigue over time”

In a statement, Volvo said: “Investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases and under specific circumstances, a flexible steel cable connected to the front seat belts on certain Volvo models produced between 2006 and 2018 may under certain rare circumstances suffer from wear and fatigue over time.

“In extreme cases, damage to the cable, which is located in a rubber sleeve on the outside of the seats, could result in reduced seat belt restraint function.

“This issue is extremely rare: Volvo has had no reports either globally or in the UK of accidents or personal injuries connected to this issue.

“This is a precautionary recall to avoid potential problems in the future.”

Volvo has confirmed all owners of affected models will be contacted shortly and will be advised to book an appointment at a Volvo dealership to have the fault corrected.

All repairs are likely to be free of charge to affected owners once dealers receive parts to conduct the upgrade.

Volvo said: “We do not compromise on safety, and always take full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers, and are grateful for their cooperation as we look to perform this precautionary action.”

Volvo issued a recall for 55,000 models back in march over concerns aboutits autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems.

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