Recall Alert: Volvo Cars Recall Affects Over 100,000 Vehicles

A Volvo car recall impacting nearly 106,900 vehicles worldwide has been issued. This Volvo safety recall relates to a suspected fault in the braking software and impacts several 2023 model-year vehicles. Those vehicles are the C40, XC40, S60, V60, XC60, V90, and XC90 models.

How serious is the Volvo car recall?

Braking is an important part of driving, which makes this recall something to take seriously. Reuters highlighted the facts of the recall but didn’t go in-depth to provide more information. The NHTSA tells us driver could experience a hard/stiff brake pedal and potentially lose brake support functions, including:

  • Brake-by-wire
  • ABS, ESC, and traction control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist, and One Pedal Drive
  • All active safety and city safety functions

These issues could increase the risk of crashes, but no reported crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been reported from this problem. The dashboard display will warn the driver when these systems malfunction.

What are owners of Volvo cars supposed to do?

Owners of impacted models will receive notice from Volvo by March 15 regarding the fix for this recall. Volvo dealers have already been notified of the remedy, which is an over-the-air update to fix the software in the braking system.

Are Volvo models reliable?

A light blue C40 recharge on a blacktop surface, which is one of the best electric SUVs.
Volvo C40 Recharge | Volvo Car Corporation

It’s important not to confuse safety and reliability. Volvo has a strong reputation for being a safety leader, but they rank in the middle for reliability. According to RepairPal, Volvo cars rank 17th out of 32 car brands for reliability. This brand receives a 3.5 out of 5.0 score for the cost, frequency, and severity of annual maintenance and repairs.


The average repair cost for all Volvo cars is $769 compared to $652 across all models. This makes Volvo a higher-than-average brand to repair, but many foreign luxury brands experience similar results.


The average number of unscheduled repairs for Volvo models is 0.5 times per year compared to 0.4 for all models. Unfortunately, this means you’ll not only pay more for repairs and maintenance, but these issues occur more frequently in Volvos than in most other brands.


Volvo cars only face severe repairs 9% of the time compared to 12% for all models. Of the three RepairPal metrics, this is the only one where Volvo ranks above average.

What’s the top-rated Volvo?

2023 Volvo XC90 Posed
2023 Volvo XC90 | Volvo

Despite the new Volvo car recall, the XC90 is still one of the top-rated luxury SUVs in the market. This three-row SUV offers an elegant interior, Swedish design influence, and plenty of power. Those looking for a little hybrid assistance can turn to the XC90 Recharge and enjoy a PHEV model that delivers 455 horsepower.

Every Volvo XC90 uses an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard AWD. This SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds while delivering an excellent package of high-tech features and upscale interior materials.

Hopefully, the Volvo car recall won’t result in any crashes, injuries, or fatalities and will soon be a thing of the past.

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