Tire pressure monitoring systems are notoriously persnickety, but an issue found with the TMPS on the 2013 Volvo S80 and XC70 have been deemed worthy of a recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Due to a software glitch in possibly 300 of the Volvos (combined), the "TPMS Service Required" light will come on after 15 minutes of driving above 25 miles per hour, and the TPMS won't be able to warn a driver if a tire is underinflated.

That situation contravenes federal Motor vehicle safety standards, necessitating the recall. Volvo will notify owners, at which time they can take their cars to dealers to have the central electronic module reprogrammed free of charge. Have a look below for the complete NHTSA bulletin on the issue.
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Report Date: September 6, 2012 at 04:37 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V415000

Vehicle Model Year(s) Make / Model: 2013 VOLVO / S80, 2013 VOLVO / XC70
Manufacturer: Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC
Mfr's Report Date: AUG 27, 2012

Component: TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 300

Summary:
Volvo is recalling certain model year 2013 S80 and XC70 vehicles. A software error within the Central Electronic Module (CEM) will result in the "TPMS Service Required" message appearing after approximately 15 minutes of accumulated driving over 25 mph. The error will prevent the Tire Pressure Monitoring System from warning the driver that a tire needs air. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, "Tire Pressure Monitoring System."

Consequence:
A malfunctioning TPMS cannot warn a driver that a tire is underinflated. Underinflated tires can result in tire overloading and overheating, which could lead to a blowout and possible crash.

Remedy:
Volvo will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the vehicle's TPMS. This service will be performed free of charge. Volvo has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.

Notes:
Volvo's safety recall number is 256. 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 www.safercar.gov.


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      Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't these get fixed anyway since the light would come on after 15 minutes of normal driving and you'd probably take it to the dealership?
      Nickerson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugly damn car... looks like it's from 2001.
        Justin B.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickerson
        I was just about to post the same comment! I thought AB had made a mistake, but no. It's that dated looking.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin B.
          [blocked]
          ZOZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin B.
          Conclusion: only target the most stupid people to sell your cars!
          Tirac
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin B.
          ZOZ if you owned a car brand you would only make cars for "smart" people and sell 10 of them?
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      At first I thought: A recall on another old car, who cares? Then I read the year and thought: wow, the current S80 is all kinds of old looking.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      The difference SonataGuy1 is that Toyota SELLS Corolla's.....Volvo, however, can't sell either one of these unless it has $10,000 off MSRP. My volvo dealership has them rotting on lots for months at a time.
        Jason Krumvieda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick
        I guess people care more about Reliable, ugly **** boxes than Safe, ugly **** boxes.
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does this car look more like its from 2003 than 2013?
        tipdrip215
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Street King
        It sure does. And it feels like it's been around that long too.
      Jeremy Sun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder if the next gen S80 would share platform with the newer 2011 Emgrand EC8 which is a mid-size platform at 110.4 in of wheelbase. http://www.mad4wheels.com/webpics/hires/00006952%20-%202010%20Emgrand%20EC8/2010_Emgrand_EC8_002_5318.jpg
        Jeremy Sun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Sun
        or it could be a co-developed new platform much like the Nissan / Renault D platform
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      TPMS, TMPS....make up your mind. Tire. Pressure. Monitoring. System.
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