Volvo integrated booster cushions

TP 2436
Road Safety Leaflet # D-2006-02 (E)



The list of vehicle models and model years affected, as well as the number of units has been updated. Please refer to Transport Canada Recall #2006066 for additional information.



Importer and Distributor:
Volvo Cars of Canada Corp.
175 Gordon Baker Road
North York, ON M2H 2N7

Media Contact:
Chad Heard: (416) 540-4229

Consumer Contact:
Glenn Novak: 1-800-663-8255

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Vehicle Models Affected: Certain Volvo 850, 960, S40, V40, V50, V70, V70XC, XC70 and XC90 with integrated booster cushions Certain Volvo 850, S40, V40, V50, V70, XC70 and XC90 with integrated booster cushions
Model Years Affected: 850 1996-1997 850 1998
960 1996 S40 2001-2005
S40 2001-2003
V40 2001-2004
V40 2001-2003 V50 2005-2006
V50 2005-2006 V70 2000-2006
V70 1998-2000
XC70 2001-2006
V70XC 1999
XC90 2003-2006
XC70 2003-2006    
XC90 2004-2006    
Number of Units: Approximately 13,000 Approximately 14,000


Certain Canadian-marketed Volvo model vehicles are equipped with integrated or built-in booster cushions that are inappropriately labelled for use by children weighing between 15 and 36 kg (33 and 80 pounds). Integrated or built-in booster cushions are designed as an integral part of the vehicle seating system for the purpose of seating a child in an elevated position on the vehicle seat in order to correctly position the vehicle seat belt over the child's body.

Transport Canada is advising owners and operators of these vehicles that these integrated booster cushions should only be used by children weighing at least 18 kg (40 pounds). Children weighing less than 18 kg (40 pounds) will obtain optimum protection when properly restrained in a child restraint system with an internal harness. Moreover, the use of booster cushions by children weighing less than 18 kg (40 pounds) is prohibited in several provinces in Canada.


Since July 2005, Transport Canada has received a number of inquiries from members of the public concerning Volvo integrated booster cushions. Specifically, the weight range of the children for whom the integrated booster cushions were designed, as recommended by Volvo, is inconsistent with that of non-integrated or add-on booster cushions.

The Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Cushions Safety Regulations require that every non-integrated or add-on booster cushion have a label affixed to it that indicates that the booster cushion is for use by children who weigh at least 18 kg (40 pounds). However, the requirements governing integrated booster cushions as set out in section 213.4, "Built-in Child Restraint Systems and Built-in Booster Cushions," of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR) do not include any requirement for a minimum weight use limit. The Department has undertaken steps to amend the labelling requirement of CMVSS 213.4 to add the minimum weight use limit of 18 kg (40 pounds), thereby reconciling the minimum weight threshold between integrated and non-integrated booster cushions.

Transport Canada informed Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. (hereinafter referred to as Volvo Canada) of this issue and solicited their cooperation in rectifying this situation in order to ensure that the safety message being conveyed to the Canadian public is consistent across all booster cushion applications.

Company Action:

Volvo Canada is participating in this public notice in conjunction with Transport Canada.

Transport Canada has recommended that Volvo Canada forward letters to owners of affected Volvo vehicles advising that these integrated or built-in booster cushions should only be used by children who have outgrown their child restraint system, and who weigh at least 18 kg (40 pounds). For sold units, Volvo Canada will make sure that the information stated and provided with the vehicle will be updated to reflect the minimum weight use limit of 18 kg (40 pounds). In addition, label changes will be made for the 2007 model year Canadian Volvo vehicles effective May 2006.

Safety Risk:

To date, there have been no reported injuries associated with the use of the integrated booster cushions in Volvo vehicles. However, it is Transport Canada's position that, should an underweight child be placed in the booster cushion and the vehicle be involved in a collision, specifically a rollover event, the child could be seriously injured due to ejection or partial ejection. While this mislabelling does not represent a compliance issue with current CMVSS 213.4 requirements, Transport Canada believes that this increased risk warrants this advisory.

Consumer Recourse:

Transport Canada is encouraging owners and operators of the affected vehicles to ensure that children continue to use their child restraint system until they are at least 18 kg (40 pounds). For additional information, please call Volvo Canada at 1-800-663-8255 or Transport Canada's Road Safety Information Centre at 1-800-333-0371.

Transport Canada: 1-800-333-0371

Release Date: February 28, 2006

Revision Date: June 13, 2007