Volvo recalls 59,000 cars – including 7,000 in the UK – because of faulty software

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VOLVO is recalling 59,000 cars across 40 markets – including 7,000 in the UK – because of a software fault that could unexpectedly shut down the engine. 

According to the Swedish carmaker, the software fault is only found on five-cylinder diesels in the 60 and 70 series ranges built in 2015. Cars affected are the 2016 S60, V60, XC60, V70 and XC70 models.

The software failure can cause the vehicle’s engine and electrical system to malfunction and, as a result, shut down when the car’s in motion.

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Stefan Elfstrom, group spokesman for Volvo Cars, told Associated Press that the vehicle will restart immediately, but it could be ‘unpleasant’ for drivers when the engine cuts out without warning, resulting in absence of steering and braking.

Almost half of the faulty cars are based in Sweden.

Volvo has said owners can have the problem fixed at their local dealerships at no cost.

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