In the event of a collision triggering the driver̵7;s airbag can be broken, turning into shrapnel flying straight into the driver’s face. Volvo said this situation could lead to “Severely injured or dead” for the driver. As the title implies, Volvo Cars “Know of a death report related to this condition.”
The reason these airbags transform from lifesaving features into grim reaper is due to the humidity. If the tablet is subjected to high humidity combined with high temperature, the tablet will decompose and form dust particles. Dust speeds up combustion by increasing the burning surface area, resulting in higher than normal pressures.
As for the composition in question, the culprit is the FG2 airbag pump containing the 5 AT 148 N. Volvo that has notified US dealers of the matter and all known owners will be notified from 4 January 2021. The fix, as expected, is completely simple. Authorized dealers will replace the airbag for customers at no cost, a surgery that should take no more than an hour or two.
In the meantime, you can call your dealer for more information or run a VIN number on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to confirm if your vehicle is affected. External owners can also contact Volvo at 1-866-870-2046.