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Volvo Recalls 1,400 New S80s

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On: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 1:47PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Volvo Recalls 1,400 New S80s

Volvo has announced a recall of 1,469 S80 models made between 2011-2013. It seems that a factory error has caused a fault within the transmission of these cars. When coasting, the car is unable to downshift which could cause a multitude of problems from stalling to acceleration problems -- all of which could cause potentially dangerous road conditions for drivers and other motorists alike. Volvo has planned to begin its recall next week, but owners can call Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 to schedule a free fix.

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Volvo / S802011-2013
Manufacturer:Volvo Cars of N.A. LLC
Mfr's Report Date:July 5, 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


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.


This may result in decreased engine rpms and possible engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.


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.


The Volvo recall campaign number is 255. Customers 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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