Around 27,000 Volvos could lose ABS, ESC, Adaptive Cruise Control, etc. due to fault resolved by over-the-air update
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To Sebastian Bell
Volvo has launched a recall campaign for 27,457 vehicles from model year 2023 due to a computer glitch that could cause brake malfunctions. This failure is considered a major concern by the company, but is expected to be resolved with an over-the-air update.
Reports of the problem began in October, and Volvo clarified it in a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This issue can result in the loss of certain functions such as brake-by-wire systems, ABS, ESC, traction control, adaptive cruise and all active safety functions.
A warning message will appear on the driver display and a fault lamp will appear on the dashboard. From the driver’s point of view, a stiff brake pedal can reveal the problem.
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The root cause of the problem, determined by Volvo, is the Brake Control Module 2 (BCM2), which can be put into a fault condition by a diagnostic test that checks the ground. In that case, all the functionality mentioned above may be lost.
Luckily, the problem is a computer issue, so powering the vehicle off and back on might fix it. Volvo says the brake problem persists throughout the drive cycle until the vehicle goes into “deep sleep.”
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Volvo is not aware of any injuries or fatalities related to this issue, but the issue affects the 2023 XC40, S60, V60, V60CC, XC60, V90 and XC90. The recall also includes the electric Volvo C40. The automaker plans to begin contacting owners on March 15th. The fix for this defect will be delivered via over-the-air update.