Car manufacturer Volvo has issued a recall notice for around 170,000 UK cars after identifying a seatbelt issue that could prove to be dangerous.
The Swedish luxury car maker, whose safety record is renowned, said that nine models built over a 12-year period may carry the fault which sees a securing cable that can suffer from wear over time and could result in reduced seatbelt function.
They say they will be contacting purchasers of the vehicles to inform them of the action they need to take.
A total of 169,481 cars are affected.
In a statement, Volvo said that “investigations by Volvo Cars have identified that in very rare cases and under specific circumstances, a flexible steel cable connected to the front seat belts on certain Volvo models produced between 2006 and 2018 may under certain rare circumstances suffer from wear and fatigue over time.
“In extreme cases, damage to the cable, which is located in a rubber sleeve on the outside of the seats, could result in reduced seat belt restraint function.
“We do not compromise on safety, and always take full responsibility to ensure the highest quality and safety standards of our cars.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers, and are grateful for their cooperation as we look to perform this precautionary action.”
The recall applies to examples of the S60, S60 Cross Country, V60, V60 Cross Country, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 models built from 2006 to 2018.
These models exclude cars in the firm’s current-generation cycle of vehicles.
It also added that the issue is ‘extremely rare’ and that it ‘has had no reports either globally or in the UK of accidents or personal injuries connected to this issue’.
Volvo will contact owners of all affected cars to inform them of the issue and will be asking them to contact their closest Volvo dealer to book in their vehicle to have the issue corrected.