Volvo Cars of North America has issued a recall for S60, S80, XC60, and XC70 vehicles from the 2014 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles suffer from an electrical problem that could result in a crash.
The flaw affects the Central Electronic Module in models equipped with keyless ignition. NHTSA's bulletin explains that, due to the malfunctioning module, "the front windshield wipers might run continuously when the ignition is on. Also, the turn signals, high beams, and headlight switch might not work." NHSTA estimates that 7,767 vehicles are affected by the recall.
Always-on windshield wipers would seem to constitute a fairly significant distraction for drivers. The more serious problem, however, would be malfunctioning turn signals and headlights, which could very easily cause a collision.
Volvo hasn't said when it will officially begin the recall, but when it does, owners will be notified by mail. Afterward, they'll be able to take their vehicles to a Volvo dealer, who will upgrade the software in the Central Electronic Module, free of charge.
If you own one of the affected vehicles and have questions in the meantime, you can contact Volvo directly at 800-458-1552, or buzz NHTSA at 888-327-4236.