A total of 1872 Swedish crossovers have been called back due to potentially faulty electric tailgates, which may become inoperative under 'certain conditions' in cold climates.
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Volvo Car Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 and 2019 model-year XC60 SUV over concerns the optional power tailgate mightn't operate as intended in cold weather conditions.

The manufacturer reports the tailgate lifting arms may freeze "under certain conditions in cold climates", which could also lead to an unusual noise, loss of function, or even the complete separation of the tailgate lifting arms.

If this occurs, the internal spring of the lifting arms could detach and shoot in backwards "with significant force", posing a potential injury hazard to someone standing behind the tailgate.

Affected XC60 units were available for sale from 1 September 2017 through 5 February 2019 – the VIN list is accessible here.

Owners of the affected vehicles are advised to contact their local dealer to arrange the replacement of the tailgate lifting arms.