The Swedish based automaker Volvo has recently announced a recall for the XC70 and S80 models because of a problem with the tire pressure monitoring system.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 300 units of the 2013 Volvo XC70 and S80 models will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to be taken back to the dealers because of a malfunctioning tire pressure monitoring system. The NHTSA says that the driver can’t be warned when the tire is underinflated because of the malfunctioning tire pressure monitoring system.
“A software error within the Central Electronic Module will result in the ‘TPMS Service Required’ message appearing after approximately 15 minutes of accumulated driving over 25 mph”, as the NHTSA is saying in its recalls summary of the problem. “The error will prevent the tire pressure monitoring system from warning the driver that a tire needs air. A malfunctioning tire pressure monitoring system cannot warn a driver that a tire is under-inflated. Under-inflated tires can result in tire overloading and overheating, which could lead to a blowout and possible crash.”
The company’s dealers will reprogram the tire pressure monitoring system in the affected vehicles. The recall for the 2013 XC70 and S80 models is expected to begin soon because Volvo didn’t announce an exact date yet. Owners of the above mentioned models are advised to contact the carmaker at 1-800-458-1552.