ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Aug. 3, 2010) — Volvo Cars of North America L.L.C. is recalling 3,635 vehicles, Model S80, because the tire and loading information label and a page in the owner's manual contain incorrect maximum permissible inflation pressure and the vehicles' tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) software has an incorrect trigger level.
The Rockleigh-based auto maker notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the voluntary recall program for vehicles model year 2007-2010, noting that the incorrect tire pressures listed “do not represent a risk to motor vehicle safety.” The company blamed “human error” for the problems.
According to Volvo, the recall involves the following information:
- The Tire and Loading Information labels and Owners Manual tire information were printed with 35 psi (240kpa) instead of the correct maximum inflation tire pressure of 36 psi (250kpa) on S80 T6 vehicles.
- The Tire and Loading Information labels and Owners Manual tire information were printed with 36 psi (250kpa) instead of the correct maximum inflation tire pressure of 38 psi (260kpa) on S80 V8 vehicles.
- In addition, the TPMS software has an incorrect trigger level of 35 psi (240 kpa) instead of the correct value of 36 psi (250 kpa) on S80 T6 vehicles, and 36 psi (250kpa) instead of the correct maximum inflation tire pressure of 38 psi (260kpa) on S80 V8 vehicles.
Owners of affected vehicles “will receive a warning regarding low tire pressure later than specified due to incorrect TPMS software.” No technical reports have been received by Volvo for this condition, the car maker said.
To remedy the defect, the company said all vehicle owners will receive a letter with a new Tire and Loading Information label and an Owner's Manual label via first class mail. The letter will request that owners take their vehicles and the labels to an authorized Volvo retailer for a fix at no charge. For vehicles in either a retailer's or Volvo's inventory, repairs will be performed prior to sale.