Volvo says the recall affects certain S80 sedans and XC70 crossover vehicles from the 2010-2011 model year and model year 2010 V70 wagons.
The automaker says there could be a problem with a wiring connector in the air bag system that might prevent the front air bag from protecting the driver in a crash.
Volvo says dealers will fix the wiring connector free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late October.
Owners may contact Volvo at (800) 458-1552.