Volvo has issued a recall on a handful of its models due to a potential fault afflicting the vehicles’ electrical systems.

The affected models are those 2012 S60 and S80 sedans and 2012 XC60 and XC70 crossovers built from May 16, 2011, through to October 6, 2011.

There are some 17,000 vehicles affected by this recall, according to Volvo.

In these vehicles, the electrical wire harness located under the front seats may not have been attached properly to the seat frame. As a result, when the seats are moved to adjust the seating position, the wire harness may get pulled, causing it to disconnect.

While this in itself is not dangerous, Volvo warns that in the event of a crash the front and/or side impact airbags may not deploy properly, or not at all. Also, the lap belt pretensioner may not deploy either.

Owners of the affected vehicles should take their cars to their nearest Volvo dealer, which will secure the seat wiring harness properly, free of charge. For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 12V075000) or Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.

2012 Volvo XC70

2012 Volvo XC70