Volvo Recalls Over 120K Vehicles Due to Auto Braking System

Posted 6/15/20

Volvo owners: Listen up! If you own a Volvo made in 2019 to 2020, the company owes you a recall.

In the US alone, that’s over 120,000 vehicles. It’s a good time to be in Volvo repair.

The recall is on Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system.

The feature may fail to detect obstacles and thus may not engage when needed, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Apparently, there’s a glitch with the vehicle’s new hardware. The older software in these vehicles isn’t compatible.

Motortrend reports:

“The recall affects every 2019-2020 model-year Volvo vehicle, including the S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S90, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, and XC90. That’s a total of 121,605 vehicles in the United States, according to NHTSA.

“Vehicles with automatic emergency braking will apply the brakes automatically if a collision is imminent. Volvo was among the earliest brands to make the feature standard on its new vehicles.”

The New Auto Braking Standard

By 2022, automatic emergency braking will be standard on virtually every new car. Roughly 20 major car manufacturers have agreed to the standard, making up 99% the U.S. auto market. Car companies that have signed on include Audi, BMW, FCA, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. The move is expected to prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries during those three years, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“We’re getting these safety systems into vehicles much faster than what would have been otherwise possible,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind in a statement. “A commitment of this magnitude is unprecedented, and it will bring more safety to more Americans sooner.”

No Injuries Reported

Fortunately, Volvo has yet to receive any reports of injuries, fatalities, or crashes related to the problem.

If your Volvo is included in the recall, keep in mind you don’t have to take it to a dealership to meet the recall’s requirements. By law, you can take it to any mechanic you prefer, including a Cincinnati auto repair shop that specializes in European models, like yours truly!

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