Volvo recalls more than 700,000 cars over emergency braking issue

Software problem affects all cars built since 21 January 2019.

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Volvo has issued a recall of close to 750,000 vehicles worldwide over concerns that autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems in its cars could be faulty.

The issue, which affects 736,430 cars – 56,368 of which are in the UK – means that the braking system ‘may not function as intended in certain situations and in certain temperatures’.

It could mean that the AEB system might not brake as intended for certain objects, pedestrians and cyclists. However, in this instance, Volvo says, the system will continue to provide visual and audible alerts via the forward-collision warning system.

The recall affects almost every model in the range apart from the V40 hatchback. So, it includes:

The Swedish firm says that the affected cars are still safe to use and that standard braking remains unaffected by the fault. At present, Volvo has had no reports of any incidents or personal injuries as a result of the issue.

Volvo is in the process of contacting the owners of all affected cars and asking them to contact their closest Volvo retailer to have the issue corrected for free. If you are unsure whether your car is affected, simply call your local Volvo dealership with your registration number and they should be able to tell you.

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Jack Evans
Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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