As delivered, the cars will display a “TPMS Service Required” message after some 15 minutes of driving at speeds above 25 miles per hour, whether or not a legitimate fault in the system actually exists. The software error further prevents the TPMS from alerting a driver to an actual under-inflated tire on the vehicle.
While no accidents or injuries relating to this defect have been reported, driving on an under-inflated or overloaded tire can increase the risk of tire failure and a subsequent loss of vehicle control.
Volvo will contact owners to advise them of this recall, and dealers will reprogram the TPMS to correct the existing flaw. No timetable for the recall has been established, but owners with questions or concerns can reach Volvo’s customer service at (800) 458-1552.
Alternatively, owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 for the latest information on this recall. If you own one of the affected vehicles, it may be worth checking your tire pressure (cold, please) on a regular basis until you can get the car to a dealer for service.