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Volvo recalls 460,000 cars over faulty air bag linked to one fatality

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Jonna Lorenz
Volvo is recalling more than 460,000 older cars worldwide because of a faulty air bag inflator that has been associated with one fatality. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
Volvo is recalling more than 460,000 older cars worldwide because of a faulty air bag inflator that has been associated with one fatality. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Volvo is recalling more than 460,000 cars worldwide over faulty air bag inflators that pose a risk of rupturing and spraying metal fragments at vehicle occupants.

The company said it is aware of one fatality related to the faulty air bags, which are manufactured by ZF Group and AutoLiv.

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"In the event of a crash where the driver air bag is activated, fragments of the inflator inside the air bag may, in certain cases, project out and in worst case strike you, potentially resulting in serious injury or death," Volvo said in a safety recall report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Volvo Cars centrally has received and is aware of one rupture incident. That one rupture incident resulted in a fatality report related to this condition."

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The recall affects 259,383 older model vehicles in the United States and a total of 460,769 worldwide, including 2001-2006 Volvo S80x and 2001-2009 Volvo S60s.

Air bag inflator propellant tablets exposed to high temperatures and moisture over time can decay and form dust particles, leading to higher burn rate, higher combustion chamber pressure an risk of rupture.

Volvo will replace the driver air bags at no cost to customers. The recall expands a previous recall from 2020 that included more than 54,000 S60 and S80 sedans from model years 2001 through 2003, according to Consumer Reports.

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Faulty air bags have cost the auto industry billions of dollars and led to the bankruptcy of Japanese auto supplier Takata.

General Motors recalled more than 7 million SUVs and pickups in November for defective air bags made by Takata after the NHTSA rejected the company's claim that a recall wasn't necessary.

In 2014, a propellant in Takata air bags was found to degrade after exposure to extreme weather, causing the bags to overinflate and possibly explode.

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More than 63 million air bags have been replaced in recalls related to Takata air bags, which have killed at least 18 people and injured many more.

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