Transmission Defect Prompts Recall of Volvo Vehicles

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on July 23, 2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC, is recalling 1,469 vehicles due to a software error in the automatic transmission’s control module, which can prevent the transmission from downshifting, such as from fourth to third gear, when coasting. This can result in decreased RPMs and even potentially an engine stall, increasing the chances of an auto accident.

This recall includes model year 2011 through 2013 S80 vehicles. Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by Volvo and dealers will upgrade the transmission control module software to correct the problem at no cost. The recall should begin on approximately July 19, 2012. Owners may call Volvo at (800) 458-4236 for additional information. The NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline is also available at (888) 327-4236. The Volvo recall campaign number is 255.

In modern cars, software defects can create just as many, and potentially even more dangerous, conditions for drivers and passengers as “hardware” part defects; and, as with hardware defects, the auto manufacturer may be held liable for software errors that result in an accident causing an injury.

At Blume Forte, our knowledgeable auto product liability lawyers in NJ have the experience and resources to determine whether you may have a meritorious claim against a negligent auto manufacturer, and can help you determine the best course of action for your particular circumstances. To learn more, call us at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.

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