Automatic emergency braking is a welcome technology that claims to keep drivers and passengers safer—that is, if the system can correctly detect obstacles.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case for more than 100,000 Volvos, which will all be heading back to the dealership.
Based on documents filed by Volvo with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it will recall a total of 121,605 vehicles that may have automatic emergency brake (AEB) failure.
Affected by the recall are all models from the 2019 and 2020 model years, including the S60, V60, V60 Cross Country, S+0L, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC60, and XC90. In short, the entire Volvo lineup.
According to the recall documents, the faulty AEB systems have a hardware and software incompatibility issue that may prevent sensors from identifying an object.
While the driver should always be wary of obstacles on the road, a defective AEB system could increase the risk of a crash.
Volvo said it will fix the problem by updating customers’ cars with new software at no extra costs.
Owners of the affected vehicles can expect to receive their recall notifications beginning May 1.