Volvo recalls 18,000 cars over faulty airbags

The Swedish automaker Volvo, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, said on Thursday it had recalled 18,000 cars worldwide due to faulty airbags.

“In all, worldwide, we’re talking about 18,000 vehicles, of which 4,980 are in Sweden,” Volvo Cars spokeswoman Maria Bohlin told AFP.

“There is a software problem in the side impact airbag system … We have discovered that in the cases of collisions with small objects, like a pole, they are not triggered as quickly as expected,” she explained.

The operation affects Volvo’s 2008 V70 and XC70 models.

Other than Sweden the recall mainly concerns Britain, the United States, Germany and Italy, Bohlin said.

Recall letters have been sent to all owners of vehicles potentially affected, which can be repaired free of cost in about a half hour, she added.