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Volvo Issues Recall Following a Fatal Crash Involving Airbag Fragments


November 10, 2020

USA - WTOC.COM reports that an exploding airbag inflator in a Volvo killed a driver this week.*

The inflater sent metal fragments projecting into the vehicle. The vehicle was an older model and led to a 54,000-car recall. The manufacture of the inflator was ZF/TRW. However, based on documents regarding the crash, the inflator exhibited similar issues to those manufactured by Takata. Infamously the Takata airbag recall led to the largest recall of vehicles in the history of the United States. 

That massive recall involved all major car manufacturers and impacted car owners across the globe. According to a spokesperson for the manufacture of the Volvo AG bag, they are not certain whether the airbag inflators were sold to other vehicle manufacturers. Vehicles included in the recall include Volvo S 60 and S 80 vehicles manufactured between 2001 through 2003. Repairs to the vehicles will be made at no cost to owners. 

The similarly defective Takata airbags used ammonium nitrate to inflate the airbags. However, the chemical responsible for making the bags inflate could deteriorate over time and become unstable. When exposed to moisture through the environment, the chemicals breakdown more quickly, increasing the risk of explosions. That issue led to at least 26 fatalities internationally, seventeen of which took place in America. 

According to reports, 63 million vehicle inflators were included in the recall in the United States alone, and more than eleven million are still on the road as drivers have not yet had those repairs completed. Internationally, the recall covered approximately 100 million inflators. Volvo's current issue does not involve ammonium nitrate inflators. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars included in the recall were sold and or registered in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Hawaii, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico as well as American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. Based on data regarding registrations, 13,800 vehicles are still on the road that require repairs for this potentially deadly defect. 

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Sources:

https://www.wtoc.com/2020/11/07/air-bag-fragments-kill-volvo-driver-touching-off-recall/

Category: Auto Accidents

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