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Volvo Recalls 17,000 Cars for Wiring Problems

2012 Volvo S60

Volvo is recalling sedans and wagons from the 2012 model year for possible electrical problems. The recall applies to four models, including 2012 Volvo S60 and S80 sedans and 2012 XC60 and XC70 wagons.

The wiring for the front seats may not be installed properly, so when the seat is moved, the wires could separate. “Such a separation could lead to the improper functioning of airbags and lap-belt pretensioners,” reports Autoblog.

So far, 182 warranty claims have been made in the U.S. related to the problem, but no serious consequences have been reported. “Volvo has not received any reports alleging injuries, fatalities, or crashes related to this condition,” notes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you own one of these Volvo models, you’ll be notified around March 30. “Owners of the recalled Volvo cars will be instructed to bring them in to local dealerships where mechanics will inspect and secure the front seat wiring, free of charge,” writes Consumer Reports.

Volvo owners who have any questions about this recall can visit NHTSA’s website at www.safercar.gov, call Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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