Your Volvo S60/V60 ownership could get a lot more thrilling
Volvo are known across the world for their tough and safe cars, even pushing it in their marketing everytime they reveal the greatest and latest model. However, in the previous generation S60 and V60 models, the driver side door may open whenever it feels like it. Move over Russian Roulette, it's time for Volvo Roulette.
Jokes aside, this is a serious matter. So serious that Volvo are recalling 144,937 S60 and V60 models made between June 2nd, 2010 and December 31st, 2016 for the North American market to address this issue.
This comes from a study from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) where they have discovered that the door latches can weaken and then break due to prolonged exposure to extreme heat. The NHTSA says that they'll likely break when the door is being opened, but there is potential risk for the door to open while driving.
I must be clear and say that the chances of this actually happening are very small but it could be dangerous if the door were to open while driving and if for some reason, the person next to the door were not to wear a seatbelt. Sounds silly, but you'd be surprised at how many people drive without a seatbelt.
There is a bright side though, as the NHTSA said most people would notice the issue as the door becomes harder to close. If you don't notice it, you'll definitely notice it when the door bursts open while you're driving. I mean, how could you not notice if a door randomly opens while driving?
Thankfully, Volvo will contact owners of the affected cars, and offer free door latches for all four doors of the cars in question. The recall will start on January 4th 2020 for the North American market. No word on if the European models have been affected yet, though.