Volvo is recalling 17,000 model-year 2012 Volvo S60, XC60, S80 and XC70 vehicles because the driver-side airbag may not deploy properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On the affected vehicles, which were manufactured from May 16 through Oct. 6, 2011, the wiring harness underneath the driver's seat may not be attached properly. If the wires are loose and are hanging low, they could get caught in the seat track when the seat is adjusted by the driver, potentially causing the wires to disconnect.
If the wires disconnect, the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) warning light could illuminate on the instrument cluster. In the event of a crash, the driver-side airbag and side curtain airbags may not deploy correctly, or not at all, increasing the risk of injury. The wiring harness may cause an issue with the seat-belt pretensioner as well, Volvo says.
Volvo will start notifying owners by March 30, and dealerships will secure the faulty seat wire harness for free. Owners can call Volvo at 800-458-1552 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.