2011-2013 Volvo S80 Recalled For Transmission Software Glitch

July 13, 2012

Volvo is recalling S80 sedans from the 2011-2013 model years. At issue is a problem with the transmission, which could cause the vehicle to stall in traffic.

According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem is linked to a software flaw that can prevent the transmission from downshifting. When decelerating or coasting, that could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the potential for a crash.

In all, some 1,469 vehicles are included in the Volvo recall.

Volvo says it will send out recall notices around July 19. At that time, S80 owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Volvo dealer, who will upgrade the S80's transmission control module software free of charge. 

If you own one of the affected vehicles and have further questions, we encourage you to contact Volvo directly at 800-458-1552 and ask about recall #255. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V317000.

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