Volvo, Ford Issue Recalls For Thousands Of Vehicles

DETROIT (CBS/AP) — Volvo is recalling about 127,000 cars and SUVs worldwide because the air conditioning can leak water into the vehicles and cause air bags to malfunction.

The recall covers 2016 and 2017 XC90 SUVs, S90 sedans and V90 wagons. Volvo says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that a drain hose may have been installed incorrectly at the factory.

The moisture may stop the air bags from deploying in a crash and may affect the engine management system. Volvo discovered the problem after getting reports from the field.

The company says it has no reports of injuries or air bags that didn’t inflate due to the problem. Fewer than 1 percent of the vehicles are expected to need repairs, but Volvo says it wants to inspect them all. Drivers will see a dashboard warning light if there’s a problem, the company said.

Dealers will check the drain hose and replace it if needed. Wiring may also need to be upgraded. The recall is expected to start on Nov. 14.

In addition, Ford is recalling about 74,000 Focus hatchback cars with manual transmissions in the U.S. and Canada because the hatches can be unlatched too easily while the cars are moving.

The recall covers certain Focus hatchback and RS vehicles from the 2013 through 2017 model years. The company says the hatch can be unlocked and unlatched by pushing a single button when the cars are traveling under 4 miles per hour (7 kilometers per hour). Federal safety standards require two actions to unlock doors and operate the latch release.

Ford says it doesn’t know of any accidents or injuries caused by the problem.

Dealers will reprogram a control module at no cost to the owners.

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