1,469 2011-2013 Volvo S80s recalled over buggy transmission software

2012 Volvo S80

Swedish maker Volvo and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have just issued a recall for several select 2011-2013 S80 models due some buggy transmission software (shiftware?).

According to the release, the recall involves some 1,469 Volvo S80’s, all of which may have this buggy transmission software that could potentially prevent the cog swapper from downshifting into fourth from fifth. What may happen then is the engine could then drop below its idle point, in which case the car could just stall when in motion.

Volvo will reprogram the transmission free of charge, and owners will be notified beginning July 19. Should any question arise, they also said owners can call at 1-800-458-1552.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
VOLVO / S80 2011-2013

Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.

Mfr’s Report Date: JUL 05, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V317000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,469

Summary:
VOLVO IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2013 S80 VEHICLES. A SOFTWARE ERROR MAY PREVENT THE TRANSMISSION FROM DOWNSHIFTING SUCH AS SHIFTING FROM FIFTH TO FOURTH GEAR WHEN COASTING.

Consequence:
THIS MAY RESULT IN DECREASED ENGINE RPMS AND POSSIBLE ENGINE STALL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
VOLVO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL UPGRADE THE SOFTWARE TO THE TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON, OR ABOUT, JULY 19, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO CARS AT 1-800-458-1552.

Notes:
THE VOLVO RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 255. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

– By: Chris Chin


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