Volvo has issued a recall of nearly 145,000 S60 sedans and V60 wagons from the model years 2011 through 2017. Faulty parts inside the door latch mechanism may fail, causing even tightly-closed doors to open unexpectedly while the vehicle is in motion.
The problem has reportedly occurred on sharp turns and roundabouts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Hot weather may be the trigger that causes the door latches to fail, but that does not mean you are safe until spring. If you own one of these vehicles, you can expect Volvo to contact you by Jan. 24, 2020, and instruct you to go to a Volvo dealer for a repair. Dealers will replace the latches in all four doors free of charge.
In the meantime, you can contact Volvo at 800-458-1552 and reference recall number R89978.
Is my car affected by this recall?
The affected vehicles were manufactured between June 2, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2016. The affected vehicles include:
- S60 sedans
- S60 Inscription sedans
- S60 Cross Country sedans
- V60 wagons
- V60 Cross Country wagons
NHTSA’s campaign number is 19V849.
You can also check if your vehicle is affected by entering your vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s safety issues & recalls website. The VIN, which is 17 characters long, appears in several places on your vehicle, including at the base of the windshield on the driver’s side and inside the driver’s side door. If you enter your VIN into NHTSA’s website and no recalls appear, it means that your car is not currently subject to recall.
Don’t let recall fatigue keep you from getting a fix
These days, it seems as if there are so many auto recalls that it’s hard to keep track. This has led some people to suffer from “recall fatigue,” where they stop feeling the appropriate urgency and don’t get their vehicles repaired.
Don’t let this happen to you. Although there appear to have been no injuries from this defect, having your doors open while your vehicle is in motion could be very dangerous. Schedule your free recall fix right away.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a faulty or defective vehicle, contact an attorney who handles auto product liability to protect your rights.