Possibly 400K Autoliv Vehicles to be Recalled

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Dec. 27, 2016—Automakers may recall as many as 400,000 vehicles that have Autoliv Inc. seat belt and airbag parts worldwide, the Swedish auto safety parts maker said on Friday.

Autoliv, which says its products are in 1,300 auto models around the world, did not specify which automakers would be affected.

No crashes or injuries have been reported in the two separate issues Autoliv reported to U.S. safety regulators and the costs of the potential recalls will not be material to Autoliv earnings, company spokesman Thomas Jonsson said.

Autoliv said there are possible glitches in its widely used seat belt pretensioners, which work to tighten seat belts to better secure a driver or passenger, and a product that initiates the process of inflating an airbag.

One of the two Autoliv filings with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is for seat belt parts in about 267,000 vehicles. In the event of a crash, a small part called a micro gas generator used in seat belts pretensioners could detach and "may be a projectile within the vehicle cabin," the NHTSA filing shows.

The potentially defective seat belt parts were made between April 10 and Oct. 15, the NHTSA filing shows.

In a second filing, Autoliv told the NHTSA that airbag and seat belt initiators may not work in as many as 114,000 vehicles. These parts initiate the process to activate seat belts pretensioners and to deploy air bags.

The parts involved in the air bag problem were manufactured from July 16 to Nov. 4, Autoliv told U.S. regulators.

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