Volvo has developed a fix for a potential safety problem related to electromagnetic fields generated by three of its vehicles.
A Swedish magazine reported that the Volvo S60, V70 and S80 have electromagnetic fields well above safe levels for their occupants. Electromagnetic fields have been linked to cancer in humans. Volvo denies that safety is an issue but is making a retrofit kit available anyway.
The electromagnetic fields occurred because Volvo put the battery in the trunk of cars based on its P2 platform. Volvo ran a short ground wire to the nearby trunk-body assembly and ran the positive cable to the engine. That generated an electromagnetic field along the positive cable that runs under the passenger compartment.
While electromagnetic-field radiation near the positive cable is relatively high, it dissipates before it can reach the torso or head, said Hans Folkesson, Volvo's senior vice president.