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Volvo, inventor of the seat belt, recalls 74,000 cars for unsafe seat belts

All the cars in this recall are either 2016 or 2017 models, many of them still on the lot.

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In the meantime, it's recommended that affected owners not get into any collisions.

Volvo

Volvo produced the first three-point seat belt in the late '50s, making its patent openly available to other companies in the interest of public safety. So you'd think the Swedish company would have that tech down pat. Its latest recall proves that we're all human and nobody's perfect.

The automaker issued a recall covering approximately 74,000 examples of multiple 2016-2017 models in the US. Affected vehicles include the S60, S90, V60, XC60 and XC90, which is a decent chunk of its lineup. Another 5,000 vehicles are being recalled in Canada.

The issue rests with a single pin, Automotive News reports. The connecting pin in the buckle may reduce the seat belt's efficacy in the event of a collision. No injuries have been linked to this problem, but since seat belts play such an important role in reducing crash injuries, Volvo isn't taking any chances.

Volvo already sent out a wave of notifications on October 28. Owners of affected dealers shouldn't be held up for too long, as the remedy is a quick part swap. Many of these cars are still on dealer lots and in manufacturer inventory. Both the dealers and the automaker have started inspecting these vehicles before clearing them for sale.

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