Volvo recalls 700,000 cars worldwide for auto brake issue

The car manufacturer Volvo Cars, owned by the Chinese Geely, announced Friday the recall of 736,000 cars worldwide for a problem related to the automatic emergency braking system.

The recall comes after “the introduction of software in January 2019 that turned out to be defective” in nine of its models, said a spokesman for the Swedish manufacturer, Stefan Elfström.


This concerns the S60, V60, V60CC, S90, V90 and V90CC models as well as the luxury SUV XC40, XC60 and XC90, produced between January 2019 and March 2020.

System flaw

“Volvo Cars has issued a safety recall after finding that the automatic emergency brake support system does not work properly under certain conditions,” said Volvo, who has yet to report any accidents. “However, the normal braking system of these cars is not affected,” they added.

Swedish media reported on Friday that the error had been discovered before Christmas by the Danish Automobile Federation (FDM), which, when testing the XC60, had discovered a flaw in the automatic braking system. “The FDM contacted Volvo, which tested the car itself, and just over three months later, a reminder message was sent,” said the TT news agency.

The group sent a letter to all affected customers asking them to contact the nearest Volvo dealer to have the problem rectified free of charge.

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John L Gibson
John L Gibson
3 months ago

It’s not a matter of quality going down, or cheap parts from the far east. Its down to getting new features that we didn’t have before to assit us when we drive. The issue is with the car not braking without human input, thats how it was since the invention of the car, new technology that helps us drive is in its infancy, we should be pleased that the issue has been identified along with a software update that fixes it, it may be a an inconvenience, but Volvo are not charging for the update so why critisise them ? As for quality Volvo cars are up there as one of the safest most comfortable production cars available, the label luxury is well earned by the brand.

Katie
Katie
3 months ago

I have a 2018 xc90 and had to replace the breaks at 20k miles(front breaks at my expense???, rear breaks got covered under warranty only after I switched service centers and pitched a fit) it was in the service department for almost 30 days right after that with an issue in the drive train. Volvo refused to refund my payment that month because they said they supplied a rental car to me but it was not like kind. It was missing the 3rd row seat therefore I couldn’t fit my entire family in the car. I have had multiple vapor leaks and a service engine light on pretty much since I took delivery of the car.
SO dissatisfied with this vehicle but more importantly in Volvo and their unwillingness to support their customers when needed!
Stay away from Volvo!! Unless you want to spent 70k on a headache!

LF
LF
3 months ago
Reply to  Katie

Agreed, have a 2018 XC90 and nothing but issues.

Rob Stuart
Rob Stuart
3 months ago
Reply to  Katie

Brake replacement, more so, brake pad and rotor replacement has everything to do with how you drive.

Katie
Katie
3 months ago
Reply to  Rob Stuart

You are correct it was brake pads and rotors on the front and just pads in the back. And yes, the way you drive can be the issue. Here is where you are wrong… Volvo said it was because of the weight of the car so the brakes simply don’t have the same shelf life as other cars on the road. I’ve lived in the same place, driven the same roads, not changed my driving habits. I have owned cars heavier than the xc90. There is no reason anyone should have to replace brakes at 20k miles!!

Jayson
Jayson
3 months ago

Whats up with all these recalls from almost every car brand. Quality is going down the drain.

Gerald Ware
Gerald Ware
3 months ago
Reply to  Jayson

Because companies are increasingly relying on cheap Chinese parts to increase their profit margins. This strategy has been exposed after the spread of Coronavirus in China which shut down the local auto parts manufacturing factories. Almost every car company around the world started having parts shortages after the shutdown. And since Volvo is owned by Geely after 2010 takeover, low quality should be expected.

Alain
Alain
3 months ago
Reply to  Gerald Ware

Nowadays every brand cars have recall even before too,bmw too,there is nothing to do with cheap parts.

Matt
Matt
3 months ago
Reply to  Gerald Ware

I don’t even know where to begin to reply to your comments, but you honestly need to get a new source for your information. People like you are part of the problem.

Brian Marsh
Brian Marsh
3 months ago
Reply to  Gerald Ware

Except for the S90 large sedan and the V90 large wagon, no Volvo sold in the United States has any Chinese foreign parts. I feel pretty secure that Volvo isnt sourcing any parts that aren’t very high quality, especially those dealing with the safety of the passenger. That’s why Volvo was one of the few brands that have their airbags recalled. And frankly, Chinese parts can be just as good as any other parts I just depends on the demands of the purchaser. Dinnerware of fine quality known as “China” came about because China produced the very finest dinnerware. And that Apple phone you like so much? Made in China.

Helpful Hubert
Helpful Hubert
3 months ago
Reply to  Jayson

perhaps corporate social responsibility is up and the companies are doing what they should have been doing all along.
and to Gerald, blaming Chinese parts for a software problem is disconnected. Chinese makers can make very high quality parts, we are just willing to pay for the garbage because WE are cheap *****.

Tech dude
Tech dude
3 months ago
Reply to  Jayson

Cars are way more complex than they were 20 years ago. The more complex a system the more prone to failure it is.