Most of the faulty cars have been sold in Sweden, Britain and Germany. A total 24,000 of the 59,000 cars are in Sweden. Owners will be asked by letter to contact their local dealership for a no-charge fix.
Company spokesman Stefan Elfström told AP that the recall affects only five-cylinder diesel models from Volvo's 60 and 70 series built from mid-2015. He said the glitch can be "unpleasant" but the company has no information about any accidents caused as a result. Both the engine and electric system start up again immediately.
Speaking to Swedish Radio News, Elfström said recalls of this scale are rare and that Volvo always tries to be "open and transparent" about any faults. “In this case, our customers have been of great help by contacting us and reporting the faults,” he said.
"We had full insight into the cause of the fault and we came up with a solution this past Wednesday,” said Elfström.
Around 100 of the cars are owned by the police and Elfström those vehicles are back in use as the police force received the correct, updated software on Wednesday and Thursday.
Chinese company Geely Holding bought the Volvo brand in 2010.