Fewer used car sales in Sweden

The Swedish market for used cars appears to be weakening, according to new statistics

During the first six months of 2008, the number of used cars sold to private individuals dropped by 5.9 percent compared with the same period last year.

So far this year, a total of 409,234 used cars have been sold throughout the country.

The figures, which were compiled by automotive testing and information company Bilcert, also so that used car sales in July dropped 12.5 percent, which the largest decreases taking place in Gothenburg, Jönköping, and Uppsala.

The fall is most acute among dealers tied to Sweden’s national automotive association, the Motorbranschens Riksförbund (MRF).

In July, sales recorded by their members fell by 23.5 percent compared with figures from the year before.


Volvo recalls thousands of cars worldwide

Car maker Volvo is recalling 8,200 cars around the world because of potentially faulty airbags.

Volvo recalls thousands of cars worldwide
A Volvo V90 being prepared for a commercial shoot. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The recall affects 1,200 cars sold in Sweden, including the new Volvo V90 series, and 7,000 cars sold abroad, reports the Expressen tabloid.

Volvo's supplier and business partner for its self-driving cars, Autoliv, alerted Volvo to a faulty airbag trigger and advised it to recall those cars that had it installed.

“The had a quality problem during a certain period of production. It could happen that there are problems when the airbag is to be deployed,” a Volvo Cars spokesperson told Expressen.

No known incidents or accidents have been reported in relation to the airbags.

Last autumn Volvo recalled 127,000 of its vehicles after a separate fault causing the air conditioning to leak water, which could cause the airbags to malfunction, was discovered.