• Sep 8, 2009
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A software glitch is responsible for 11,993 Volvo models being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The campaign includes model year 2008-2010 S80 models, 2010 S60 models, 2009-2010 XC70 models, and the 2010 XC60, all running faulty software in their central electronic modules (CEM). According to NHTSA, the signal from the CEM may fail to reach the fuel pump electronic module (PEM), inhibiting the fuel from reaching the engine even as the vehicle's throttle is depressed.

Normally, this would just result in an engine that fails to start. However, residual pressure in the system may allow the vehicles in question to drive a short distance before the engine quits... and if the vehicle stalls in certain conditions, a crash could occur. Affected owners are asked to contact NHTSA (888-327-4236 ) or Volvo (800-458-1552), to see if their vehicle requires a free software update to remedy the problem. Full press release after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model / Model Year(s):

VOLVO / S80 2008-2010
VOLVO / XC60 2010
VOLVO / XC70 2009-2010

Manufacturer: VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 28, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V343000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 11993

Summary:

VOLVO IS RECALLING MY 2008-2010 S80, MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 XC70 AND MODEL YEAR 2010 XC60 VEHICLES. UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS THE SOFTWARE WITHIN THE CENTRAL ELECTRONIC MODULE (CEM) MAY NOT SEND A SIGNAL TO THE FUEL PUMP ELECTRONIC MODULE (PEM). THIS MISSING SIGNAL TO THE PEM INHIBITS THE START OF THE FUEL PUMP. THE DRIVER MAY BE ABLE TO START THE ENGINE IN SPITE OF THE FUEL PUMP NOT BEING ACTIVATED DUE TO RESIDUAL PRESSURE IN THE FUEL SYSTEM. IN SOME CASES, THE DRIVER MAY BE ABLE TO DRIVE THE VEHICLE A SHORT DISTANCE AT IDLE BUT THEN THE ENGINE MAY STALL.

Consequence:

IF THE VEHICLE STALLS IN CERTAIN CONDITIONS, A CRASH COULD OCCUR.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE TO THE VEHICLES' CEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 31, 2009. VEHICLES IN DEALERS¿ INVENTORY WILL BE REPAIRED PRIOR TO DELIVERY. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.

Notes:

VOLVO RECALL NO. R215. OWNERS MAY ALSO 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 .


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  • 8 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that all Volvos sold since 2008?

      ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      A software updates sounds a hell of a lot better than the brand new Mechatronics unit VW owners are stuck waiting for to resolve their 'stall' issues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had this issue with a 2005 S40 that I had when my car was in the shop years go. It stalled and shut the engine off in a parking lot. So I took it back to the dealer and wanted a new loaner since I didn't feel safe. They waved me off and said if it happened again then to bring it in. Well, on my way out of the dealer as soon as I made a right hand turn onto a busy road the car stalled and died again. I had to jerk the wheel to the right and roll onto the shoulder to avoid being rear ended. I left the car on the street and walked back inside and told them where their POS car was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      just get a manual trans and you are set:=)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny, we had the exact same issue with our 1998 V70XC wagon. Dealer never fixed it because they were "unable to reproduce" the problem, aka lazy and incompetent. We ended up selling the lemon and taking a massive hit in depreciation.

      It's too bad we had such a bad experience. We'll never buy a Volvo again, which is a shame since I rather like some of their new cars. That C30 is a very funky car...I just wish someone else made it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We had the same problem with our 2000 V70XC. Stalled out in NC during a road trip.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so our 2008 V70 is safe, but the XC70 isn't? odd....
        • 5 Years Ago
        This specifically may be for the T6 models, not the 3.2?