Volvo is recalling about 12,000 sedans and wagons to correct a software defect that could cause the windshield wipers to malfunction. Certain S80, V70 wagons and XC70 wagons from model years 2007 and 2008 are affected, but the defect is present only in cars manufactured on certain dates.
In a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volvo explains, "Volvo has found that under certain conditions the diagnostic software in the Central Electronic Module (CEM) may cause a malfunction of the windshield wiper functionality. If this condition occurs, the windshield wipers may not operate when activated; or in certain cases the windshield wipers may activate when not switched on. Operating a motor vehicle during inclement weather conditions without functioning windshield wipers can increase the risk of a crash."
Volvo dealers will begin contacting owners of affected vehicles this month. Dealers will update software to remedy the problem at no cost to owners. Those who wish to make their own repair arrangements may contact Volvo at 800-458-1552.
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