Heated Seats recall

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by AB, Feb 18, 2004.

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    AB Guest

    Just this morning received a letter from my dealer asking me to bring in
    my '96 855 for a heated seat wiring fix.

    This after I wrote to Volvo UK last month telling them of the US safety
    recall for the same thing which was dated last year - what an uncanny

    I had read on the web that the wiring will only be replaced IF damage
    has not already been caused and the seats are still working.

    If the seats no longer work, the "repair" work under the recall notice
    won't be carried out.

    I'm no lawyer, but if the wiring is a known problem (hence the recall)
    and damage is caused because of it, then how can Volvo escape
    responsibility for the subsequent repair?

    Anyone qualified to comment?

    AB, Feb 18, 2004
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    Mike F Guest

    Often the failure causing the seat heat not to work is not in the area
    of the wiring covered by the recall. The heater pad is a common point
    of failure, the recall covers some of the wiring under the seat.

    However, that begs the question: If they don't do the recall operation
    because the seat heater is not working, what happens if you have the
    seat heater fixed at a later date?

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    NOTE: new address!!
    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Feb 18, 2004
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    Steve Guest


    I had my '96 850 Turbo Sedan repaired under the recall. Almost a year ago.
    My passenger seat worked fine the drivers seat was DOA. I had already
    determined that the crimped wire fastener going to the seat bottom had
    separated. I could have fixed it myself but "they" replaced the entire
    wiring harness for the seats and everything else save the elements

    Steve, Feb 18, 2004
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    Phil Kozlak Guest

    What years were covered by the recall? I have a 95 850 turbo wagon and the
    heated seats no longer work.
    Phil Kozlak, Feb 19, 2004
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    Steve Guest

    I just called a Dealer and they put the VIN in thier computer and it
    showed to be covered. I *think* '95 was covered also, not sure.
    Steve, Feb 19, 2004
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    scott Guest

    I've been struggling with the heated seats on my '97 960 sedan for quite
    while... do you have any info on the scope of the recall?

    scott, Feb 19, 2004
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    Mark Seeley Guest

    I was told it was 96 and 97 models, but have nothing in writing... best bet
    is give a dealer a call, and they should be able to tell you.

    Mark Seeley, Feb 19, 2004
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    G Klein Guest

    The recall will not repair a seat heater that is not working part of the
    recall is to check the heater grids with a ohm meter & note on the back of
    the repair order if they are good or bad . The recall installs a new
    thermostatic control relay this replaces the thermostat in the seat bottom
    G Klein, Feb 20, 2004
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