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Volvo recalls 7,420 vehicles over faulty seat risks

The NHTSA is reporting that Volvo will recall 7,420 vehicles for a manufacturing error that may allow the passenger-front seat to travel too far forward; increasing the risk of injury in the event of an accident.

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This latest Volvo recall, which applies to S40, S60, V50 and XC60 models from 2009-2011, is based on a concern over the amount of travel in the front passenger’s seat rails. According to Volvo, the seat rail assembly was not manufactured properly and this issue may allow the passenger to adjust their seat too far forward. Sitting closer to the dash than expected by the engineers behind the safety features of the vehicle could increase the likelihood of injuries. Modern airbag systems are designed to open at a given speed and distance and if the passenger is seated too close to the dash, he/she could make contact with the dash prior to the airbags opening or they could conceivably be injured by the airbag itself.

The NHTSA has not given a clear indication as to when this Volvo recall will officially begin but when it does, the owners of those 7,420 sedans, wagons and crossovers will be instructed to take the vehicle back to their neighborhood Volvo dealership. The seat rail assembly and the travel of the seat will be inspected and any repairs or adjustments will be made as required. All of the service will be free of charge to the customers.

For more information, owners can contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or you can email them at [email protected].

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