Who Makes Volvo Airbags?

This article summarizes recent safety recalls of Volvo airbags.Volvo Cars has submitted a safety recall report to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and confirmed only one fatality due to technical problems in the airbags. Volvo is recalling S60 sedans from the 2001 through 2009 model years and S80 sedans from the 2001 through 2006 model years because a part within the drivers-side airbag might rupture and launch metal fragments toward occupants if the drivers-side airbag deploys. The driver-side airbags in more than 460 may explode during deployment, increasing the risk of sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other vehicle occupants and resulting in injury or death. – Volvo Cars production of Volvo airbags, which began in 1998, is responsible for this risk. In July 2020, Volvo Cars announced that it was recalling nearly 4 lakh vehicles across the world due to technical problems with the airbag inflators. The recall was primarily for S60 and S80 sedans from model years 1999 to 2006. In addition to the recalled S60 and S80 sedans, Volvo Cars also submitted a safety recall report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with regard to its other models including V70 and XC70 cars from model years 2003-2005. The report stated that the problem with these airbag inflators is that during a crash, they may rupture and launch metal fragments toward vehicle occupants. 

This can happen when the driver side airbags deploy, or when the side curtain airbags deploy in multiple roll or rollover crashes. The metal fragments are propelled at a high speed, which can cause serious injury or death to the striking driver and other vehicle occupants. It is important to note that this happens within milliseconds in a small space, increasing the risk of injury and death. Volvo makes these airbag inflators with faulty propellant tablets that can cause these issues during a crash. Therefore, it is essential for vehicle owners to be aware of these issues and consider taking their car in for repairs if they have any questions about the safety of their vehicle’s airbags. 

Volvo has been at the forefront of automotive safety innovation for decades, and their introduction of the first three-point seatbelt in 1959 has saved countless lives and is recognised as one of the most important advances in car safety. In 1998, Volvo took their technology a step further by introducing side airbags and automatic seat belts to protect passengers from side impact collisions. This innovative move was hailed by many observers as one of the best solutions to protect passengers’ chests in a crash.

Volvo’s decision to install obvious safety airbags in their cars to represent airbag technology was a bold move that has paid off. This decision was further reinforced by Volvo’s continued commitment to driver and passenger protection, even when faced with airbag recalls. Volvo includes driver side and passenger side airbags in their vehicles, as well as seat belt pretensioners, which work together to provide holistic protection. Their technology is developed in-house but they also depend on outside suppliers such as ZF for the manufactured inflators used in the airbags. The combination of Volvo’s own technology and supplier products has resulted in an impressive level of safety for drivers and passengers alike. In addition to the driver-side and passenger-side airbags, Volvo also use side impact technology from Takata.

The airbags are housed in the driver side airbag inflator and are designed to deploy at a much higher combustion chamber pressure and high inflator temperatures than conventional airbags. This frequent high inflator increases the burn surface area and results in an increased risk of dust infiltration into the airbag, which can lead to elevated moisture levels. This then increases the amount of dust which, when combined with certain propellant tablets, can cause an increase in time needed for inflation. 

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