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Volvo S80 Recall 12V317000

Automatic Transmission May Not Downshift Correctly

Drive Train, July 5, 2012

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

The transmission may not downshift correctly (such as shifting from fifth to fourth when coasting) due to a computer software error. This could result in lower than expected engine RPMs and possible engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Volvo will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning July 19, 2012. If you are experiencing stalling or transmission shifting issues, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

A computer software error may prevent the transmission from downshifting, such as shifting from fifth to fourth gear when coasting. This can result in decreased engine RPMs and possible engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will upgrade the software to the transmission control module to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is 255.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2011, 2012

Manufacturer'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

Summary: 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.

Consequence: THIS MAY RESULT IN DECREASED ENGINE RPMS AND POSSIBLE ENGINE STALL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: 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.

Notes: THE VOLVO RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 255. CUSTOMERS MAY 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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