Swedish car maker Volvo – which invented the three-point seat belt in 1959 – has issued a global recall of 2.18 million cars for defective seat belts, with 24,977 Australian vehicles included.
The defect relates to a steel cable used in the front seat belt assembly that may fatigue and weaken over time, resulting in reduced restraint function of the seat belts.
Of the 24,977 Australian cars recalled, there are 643 examples of the S80 sedan, 4232 of the S60 sedan, 389 of the V70 wagon, 1576 of the V60 wagon, 218 of the V60 Cross Country wagon, 2688 of the XC70 SUV, and 15,231 of the XC60 SUV.
All models were built between 2006 and 2019. The recall does not affect current-generation Volvo cars.
There are no reports of accidents or personal injury relating to the defect on Australian cars.
Volvo Australia is contacting owners of affected cars for inspection and repair of the issue.
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