Volvo Recalls All EX30 Cars on Software Glitch

Carmaker Has Produced 72,000 of the Fully Electric Vehicles
Volvo Car AB EX30 touchscreen
The touchscreen console inside the new Volvo Car AB EX30 all-electric sports utility vehicle. (Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg)

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Volvo Car AB is recalling all of the almost 72,000 units it has made of its new flagship model — the fully electric EX30 — due to a software issue.

The automaker’s shares slumped as much as 3.5% in early trading in Stockholm on news the vehicles may have an error in their center screen that causes the speedometer to go into test mode when the car starts. To fix the glitch, an over-the-air software update is required, Volvo said in a statement June 10.

The problem, first reported by Swedish website Carup, comes at an inopportune time for Volvo, which has been struggling with software for its increasingly computerized vehicles. Last year, it had to delay the launch of its EX90 model because the software wasn’t up to scratch.

No other Volvo models are affected by the latest recall and there have been no related accidents or injuries reported, a spokesperson said.

Volvo began deliveries of the smaller EX30 in January and in April, it was the second most popular battery-electric vehicle in Europe. Some 35,000 EX30s have been sold but a recall notice has been issued for all the 71,956 EX30 cars produced.

Volvo also denied claims in a media report over the weekend that a planned shift of manufacturing of the EX30 and EX90 to Belgium from China was an attempt to escape potential tariffs expected to be imposed by the European Union on China-made EVs.

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