March 1, 2006
Transport Canada issues advisory on Volvo integrated booster cushions
Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada is advising the public that certain Canadian-marketed Volvo vehicles may be equipped with integrated or built-in booster cushions that are inappropriately labelled. The label indicates that the booster cushion may be used for children weighing at least 15 kg (33 lbs), which is prohibited in several provinces in Canada. The owner’s manual is also incorrect. The correct minimum weight should be 18 kg (40 lbs).
It is Transport Canada’s position that, should an underweight child be placed in the booster cushion and the vehicle be involved in a rollover event, the child could be seriously injured due to ejection or partial injection.
To date, Transport Canada has received six inquiries with respect to inappropriate labelling of the cushion, but to date there have been no reported injuries associated with the use of the integrated booster cushions in Volvo vehicles.
Approximately 13,000 Canadian-marketed Volvo vehicles equipped with integrated booster cushions are affected. Volvo models which may have this integrated booster cushion option include:
1996 Volvo 960; 1996-1997 Volvo 850; 1998-2006 Volvo V70; 1999, 2001-2002 Volvo V70XC; 2001-2003 Volvo V40; 2001-2003 and 2005 Volvo S40; 2005-2006 Volvo V50; 2003-2006 Volvo XC70; and 2004-2006 Volvo XC90.
Owners of affected vehicles should contact the nearest Volvo dealership for further information. Volvo Canada will be forwarding letters to owners of affected vehicles; for sold units, Volvo will make sure that the information stated and provided with the vehicle is updated, and label changes will be made for the 2007 model year.
Children under 18 kg (40 lbs) will obtain optimum protection when properly restrained in a specific child restraint system with an internal harness. Transport Canada is encouraging owners and operators of the affected vehicles to ensure that children continue to use the child restraint system until they are at least 18 kg (40 lbs).
For additional information, call a Volvo dealership or Volvo Canada’s National Customer Service at 1-800-663-8255. A public information notice issued by Transport Canada on February 28, 2006 and further information on Volvo integrated booster cushions can be found on Transport Canada’s website at.