Volvo Recalls Seven Models Due to Seat Belt Concerns

    The belts from supplier Autoliv also impacted models from Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, and other brands

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    More than 19,000 sedans, SUVs, and wagons from Volvo are being recalled because they are equipped with potentially faulty passenger seat belt retractors that could make it difficult for people to securely install a child car seat.

    The vehicles are from the 2021 and 2022 model years, according to the documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    The problem is with a component called an automatic locking retractor (ALR), which locks a seat belt for a snug car seat installation. (If you’ve ever pulled out a belt and felt it “clunk” and not move any farther, that’s the ALR doing its job.)

    Because a tight belt is necessary to keep a child car seat in place, a faulty ALR could make it difficult to securely install one using a seat belt. And if a car seat isn’t properly positioned during a crash, the child in it could be at increased risk of injury.

    This is similar to recent recalls from other automakers because the faulty parts all come from the same supplier, Autoliv. 

    According to a Volvo spokesman, all passenger seats in the affected vehicles will need to be inspected, but the driver’s seat is not included in the recall. The NHTSA documentation notes that there have not been any warranty claims, nor have there been any reported accidents or injuries related to the problem.

    The Details

    Vehicles recalled: 919,149 Volvo sedans, SUVs, and wagons:

    The problem: Part of the seat belt mechanism called the automatic locking retractor (ALR) may not engage properly, which could prevent the proper installation of a car seat.

    The fix: Volvo dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt assemblies as necessary, free of charge.

    How to contact the manufacturer: Volvo is expected to notify owners by mail beginning Oct. 31, 2021. Owners may contact customer service at 800-458-1552. 

    NHTSA campaign number: 21V682. Volvo’s internal number is R10111.

    Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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    Jon Linkov

    I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.