Almost a third of those models pertain to the American market.
Volvo is recalling approximately 106,900 cars worldwide due to a potential braking malfunction, a Volvo spokesperson said on Tuesday. 27,457 of these vehicles represent Volvos sold in the United States. Cars affected include 2023 model year examples of the C40, XC40, S60, V60, XC60, V90 Cross Country, and XC90 models.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a Brake Control Module 2 (BCM2) diagnostic error may cause a loss of ABS, traction control, and electronic stability control. The organization claims that "a reduction in brake support functions can increase the risk of a crash."
This follows recalls by Volvo in recent years relating to exploding airbags and seat belt issues.
According to Volvo Cars, there have been no reports of injuries, fatalities, or crashes relating to the recall.
As far as a remedy goes, an over-the-air (OTA) BCM2 software update will be available to affected owners at no cost, and this will be implemented on February 20 and later available early in March. Owner notification letters will be mailed by March 15, 2023, and owners can contact customer services for more details. Volvo's official recall number for this issue is R10217.
Volvo will be keen to resolve this issue as soon as possible. After all, this is a company that prides itself on developing the best safety tech in the industry and which has taken some drastic measures to reduce serious accidents.
Back in 2020, Volvo issued its largest recall ever. 2.2 million cars were recalled for faulty seat belt cables, which could fail over time due to fatigue. In 2021, another seatbelt issue affected a significantly smaller batch of cars, and in October of 2021, Volvo was forced to recall 460,769 vehicles due to airbags that might explode, causing shrapnel to pierce the driver's face.
After more than a century of automotive history and billions of dollars spent on developing safety systems, it seems that even the best of the best still struggle to get the basics right.
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