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Volvo’s largest recall in history

This is Volvo’s largest recall to date. All these Volvo models manufactured between 2006 and 2019 are impacted by the recall and are eligible for a free repair at any Volvo dealer. No current models are included in the recall and the recall has been implemented as a precautionary measure to get ahead of potential injuries.

The recall affects some 2.18 million Volvos worldwide. Most of the affected vehicles, more than 400,000 of them, were sold in Sweden. Just over 300,000 of the Volvos were sold in the U.S. No accidents or injuries linked to the defect have been reported.

The problem, as described by Volvo: In rare cases, based on specific conditions, circumstances, and user behaviors, a cable in the front seat belt system of some of the company’s vehicles could gradually wear out over time, weakening its ability to protect passengers and drivers. Ironically, the failure is occurring in a feature that the Swedish automaker pioneered.

Volvo XC40 at Geneva International Motor Show 2018
Credit: Matti Blume / CC BY-SA (

Here are Volvo’s largest recall details, covering these models:

  • S60
  • S60L
  • S60CC
  • V60
  • V60CC
  • XC60
  • V70
  • XC70
  • S80
  • S80L

Volvo will reach out to contact owners of affected models impacted by the Volvo biggest-ever recall and ask them to contact their local Volvo retailer to have their cars repaired at no charge.

There have been no reports of injuries or accidents linked to this seatbelt cable problem. Volvo Cars has been owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010.

The broad recall, described by Volvo as “preventative,” and “to avoid future issues,” impacts between 2.1 million and 2.2 million cars. The manufacturer, Geely, had no comment on what the recall would cost.

Volvo owners of these models from these years should act soon, as in the past some Volvo recalls have been feared to have expired.

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