There are early adopters and there are those who wait for a model year or so to come out before opting for an entirely new vehicle – sometimes even the most intelligent computerized quality control can fail and let defects slip.
This is the case with two recently redesigned models, the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 and 2016 Nissan Maxima. Both models, just months after production has started, are already going back to the service to remedy potentially serious issues – one involving defective airbags and the other fuel leaks. For the 2016 XC90, Volvo has said the side curtain airbags might not fully inflate to cover the third row of passengers. The problem resides in the interior trim on the D-pillars that sometimes blocks the airbag when deploying, as Volvo found out back in July when the model was tested by the EuroNCAP. No injuries or accidents have been reported and owners will be notified mid-September, with Volvo stopping sales of the XC90 models with third row seats.
Meanwhile, the NHTSA told Nissan of a fuel leak discovered during a crash test conducted in Julya and the auto regulator has issued a stop sale order to the Japanese automaker’s dealers. A total of 5458 Maxima units have inside the fuel tank an O-ring that could leak during certain crashes. No accidents or injuries have been reported and the company is investigating the defect in other models as well.