2016 Volvo XC90 to Be Recalled Over Airbag Trim Panel Issue, Not Part of Takata Saga

Volvo is currently working to complete the details for a recall campaign that affects all seven-seater 2016 XC90 models across the world.
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The problem lies in the Inflatable Curtain Airbag system - it is not related to the airbag itself, but rather to the trim panel covering this, which might prevent the airbag from deploying properly in the event of a crash.

The thrid-row passenger area is the affected one, with the D-pillar trim panels being the ones to blame.

Volvo will replace these panels with redesigned ones that will allow for airbag inflation as intended when the vehicle was designed.

The company has stressed the fact that this is not related in any way to the Takata recall saga. The company is still setting up the final details of the campaign, so the number of affected vehicles or other details of this kind haven't been announced yet.

Still, Volvo says the affected vehicles can be driven, announcing it will contact customers soon in order to scheduled an appointment that will allow the faulty trim panels to be changed.

Moreover, the problem hasn't led to a stop-sale, but the deliveries are being paused until Volvo can implement the solution.

The big picture

The 2016 XC60 hasn't been tested by any official safety body yet, whether we're talking about the US or the European entities. Still, we expect the vehicle to offer exceptional ratings. This is based on what we found out during our 2016 XC90 review. Moreover, we'll remind you Volvo has set itself an ambitious goal on the matter - no fatalities in Volvo cars by 2020.

As a coincidence, we are reviewing a 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 as you are reading this. We drove a more basic T5 version earlier this year and now we're back for a T6 that's fully gifted. Stay tuned to our reviews section to find out our conclusion on this Swedish flagship topic.
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