Volvo Cars has announced a recall globally affecting more than 700,000 cars, due to an issue with the software related to the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) safety system.
According to a document filed to the United States national automotive safety board NHTSA, the recall involves almost all modern Volvo models (S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S90L, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, XC90) manufactured between 9th November 2018 and 11th March 2020.
The issue was first discovered by Danish motoring group FDM during a large-scale test of automated advanced driver assistance systems, when a XC60 consistently failed to automatically apply the brakes during one of their tests.
After investigations by Volvo, it was revealed that the software was incompatible with newer hardware used in units produced after the fourth week of 2019, causing the AEB system to not function as intended in certain situations and in certain temperatures.
Volvo reassures that the regular braking system is not affected by this defect, and therefore the cars are still safe to operate. Thus far, there are no reports of incidents or accidents related to the issue.
Locally, Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) stated that 1,802 units of XC40, S60, XC60, S90 and XC90 models are affected by this recall. Owners of cars affected by this recall are now being contacted by VCM to have their cars corrected free of charge, via an update of a corrected software.