Volvo is recalling more than 2 million vehicles globally after discovering a problem with potentially defective seatbelts. According to Consumer Reports, a steel cable designed to anchor the seatbelts to the car could weaken, rendering them unsafe. In the event of a crash, this weakened cable may not be able to restrain occupants of the car. The recall affects more than 307,653 vehicles in the United States including S60, S60L, S60CC, V60, V60CC, XC60, V70, XC70, S80, and S80L models manufactured between 2006 and 2019.
Details of the Volvo Recall
Volvo has said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries relating to these defective seatbelts so far. A spokesman for Volvo told Consumer Reports that it is a “very rare” problem and the recall comes after the automaker found that there was a way in which a customer could move the seatbelt and seat belt buckle where over time, it could rub and damage the cable.
The automaker is issuing a recall “out of an abundance of caution,” he said. Volvo says it will notify vehicle owners by mail, instructing them to bring in their vehicles to have the affected part replaced. Consumers can contact Volvo regarding the recall by calling 800-458-1552 or getting in touch with their local dealership.
The Danger of Seatbelt Defects
When a seat restraint system fails, the danger can be significant for vehicle occupants. When a seatbelt fails to work, vehicle occupants could be thrown inside the vehicle, or even be partially or fully ejected. Some of the injuries that could be sustained in these types of crashes involving seatbelt failure include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, multiple broken bones, internal injuries, amputations, and lacerations.
In car accidents where vehicle occupants are ejected, it is important to preserve the vehicle unaltered to it can be examined by an expert for evidence including defects, malfunctions, and design flaws. It is also crucial to retain the services of an auto defect law firm that has the resources to independently investigate seatbelt defects and other defective autos.
Injured victims of defective vehicles can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The best auto defect lawyers will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.