Volvo owners may find a recall notice in their mailboxes soon due to a software glitch that renders their safety features ineffective.
More than 736,000 vehicles worldwide are included in this recall and covers most of the Volvo models manufactured between 2018 and 2020.
The Swedish automaker (who is now owned by a Chinese company) revealed that a computer glitch is behind the recall. An incompatibility between the vehicle’s software and hardware could result in the failure of the automatic braking system.
This safety feature detects potential hazards, such as pedestrians, in the vehicle’s path and automatically applies the brakes. According to Volvo, there is a small risk that the brakes would not function in certain scenarios.
The following vehicles are part of the recall: Volvo S60 and S90 sedans; V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, and V90 Cross Country station wagons; and XC40, XC60, and XC90 SUVs.
The cars and SUVs were all built from November 9, 2018, and March 11, 2020.
Thankfully, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries due to this issue. However, the failed software poses a real problem in the event that you have to slam on the brakes or find yourself distracted at a crucial moment.
Volvo plans to contact owners starting in May. If you have questions before then, please contact Volvo at 800-458-1552. In the meantime, the automaker hasn’t suggested that owners should stop driving their vehicles.
As always, if you want to find out whether your vehicle is part of a recall, the best way to get reliable information is to use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The NHTSA maintains a searchable database of every recall. All you have to do is enter the VIN (found on the driver’s side below the windshield and on the inside of the door frame, as well as your registration) and hit “Go!”
This week, we also found out that Volvo plans to shut down its plant in Ghent, Belgium, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The factory is where some of its most popular vehicles, such as the XC40 compact SUV and V60 station wagon, are produced.
Volvo also planned for the Ghent factory to start producing battery packs for their upcoming all-electric car, the XC40 Recharge. A spokesperson from the company claimed that they still plan to begin production in September, despite the temporary shutdown.
The company cited the Belgian government’s order to shut down non-critical operations, as well as the need for workers to stay home and halt the spread of the virus, as the reason for the shutdown. Currently, Volvo’s three Swedish plants are still in operation.