Nearly 768,000 Volvo Cars Now Recalled in U.S. Due to Potential of Exploding Air Bags

Volvo has recalled more vehicles Thursday for possible exploding airbags, the company's third airbag recall since November 2020, totaling nearly 768,000 vehicles worldwide, according to Volvo.

The recall by U.S. safety regulators is because the front driver's air bag could explode and send shrapnel into the vehicle's cabin.

This airbag problem is similar to that of airbags made by Takata, a bankrupt Japanese airbag producer company, that killed 28 people worldwide, 19 people in the U.S., and injured over 400 people. The Takata company airbags used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags during a crash, but with deterioration and exposure to high heat or humidity, the once controlled explosion could violently blow apart a metal canister and seriously injure passengers.

The Volvo company airbags do not use ammonium nitrate and are made by producer ZF/TRW, who has been producing Volvo airbags throughout all of the recalls of the 768,000 vehicles, and could still cause dangers such as the Takata airbags experienced.

Volvo recalled nearly 260,000 older cars earlier this month for the same ZF/TRW airbag issues, following the first recall from November 2020 with additional ZF/TRW airbag problems.

This latest recall covers XC70 and V70 Volvo wagons, model years 2001 through 2007 which were built from February 22, 2000, through May 4, 2007.

Volvo recall promises to contact owners with how to get their vehicles repaired and airbags replaced "with a modern state-of-the-art propellant/inflator," and letters to Volvo owners will be sent out starting December 14, according to the Volvo documents.

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Volvo Recalls nearly 200,000 cars
Volvo recently recalled nearly 200,000 cars because the air bags could explode, the third airbag recall since November 2020. Volvo logo on a wheel on a 2019 S90 T6 AWD Inscription automobile on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show February 14, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

It's the company's third U.S. recall for the issue with air bag inflators made by supplier ZF/TRW. It stems from the death of an unidentified U.S. driver.

The Volvo inflators do not use ammonium nitrate, but the propellant can still deteriorate when exposed to high heat and humidity, according to documents posted Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Volvo said in the documents that the fatality is the only inflator rupture case that it knows of.

ZF/TRW said the inflators were not sold to any other automakers in the U.S. The company's U.S. headquarters is in Livonia, Michigan, near Detroit.