Several recalls have been issued since the end of February, including a seat wiring defect that affects 17,000 Volvos, a fuel pump control bug that affects 23,531 Nissan Quests, and a faulty airbag wiring connector that affects a number of Infiniti Q45 models.
The Problem: Volvo is recalling certain 2012 model-year S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 models for a front seat wiring harness issue. In these vehicles, a wire harness under the front seat may have been improperly installed onto the seat frame. If drivers adjust their seating position, the movement could pull out the wire harness. If disconnected, the front and/or side impact airbags may not deploy properly, or at all, in the event of a crash.
The Fix: Volvo will notify owners of affected vehicles, and dealers will inspect and secure the wire harness if necessary. The service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to be carried out beginning March 30.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Volvo reports a total of 17,000 units that could be affected by this recall. Certain 2012 model-year S60, XC60, S80, and XC70 vehicles produced between May 16, 2011 and October 6, 2011 could have the improperly installed part.
The Problem: Nissan is recalling a select number of 2011 and 2012 model-year Nissan Quests for possible software programming defect in the fuel pump control module. This error can cause affected vehicles to stall when driving at low speed or idling on a decline with a quarter tank or less fuel left.
The Fix: Nissan will notify owners of the problem, while dealers reprogram the fuel pump control modules of affected vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin mid-March.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 23,531 vehicles could be affected by the recall. Certain model-year 2011 and 2012 Nissan Quest minivans manufactured from July 29, 2010 through February 21, 2012 may be affected.
The Problem: Certain 2003-2005 model-year Infiniti Q45 models are being recalled for a faulty wiring connector for the seat-mounted airbag. This connector may experience increased electrical resistance, which could result in the airbag not deploying in a crash.
The Fix: Nissan plans to notify owners of affected vehicles, and has instructed dealers to modify the wiring connector free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around March 12.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Nissan has yet to release specifics on the number of potentially affected vehicles in this recall, but it applies to certain 2003-2005 model-year Infiniti Q45 sedans.