Volvo has released a position statement that requires pre- and post-repair scanning on all model years 1996 and beyond.
The statement noted that even repairs such as a windshield or even just disconnecting the battery would prompt a diagnostics scan. By requiring model year 1996 and above, Volvo basically requires every car with an OBDII port to be scanned because even though the ’90s didn’t have all of the fancy sensors we do today, they still might have more technology than the technician thinks.
Below is the full text of the release:
Volvo’s latest technology incorporates numerous control modules, sensors, and camera systems that support an array of vehicle functions. These components are an integral part of a vehicle’s operational systems. In a collision, these sensors could be damaged in ways that are not visually evident and so they must be inspected and evaluated – regardless of whether the vehicle displays a failure via the instrument cluster. This will help ensure that any possible lack of functionality will be discovered and resolved. As of model year 1996 (OBDII), vehicles involved in a collision repair should have all systems evaluated. Pre-repair scanning is required prior to performing any work on the vehicle to reveal any malfunctions or failures of components that must be addressed during the repairs. Post-repair scanning and diagnosis of the vehicle is required to make sure the vehicle’s safety and autonomous systems are functioning correctly. Any safety or autonomous systems that may have activated during a collision may require initialization, calibration or replacement.
Examples of when pre/post scans should be performed:
- Windshield replacements (due to cameras and sensors located on the glass)
- Removal and/or replacement of bumpers, SRS sensors, PDC sensors, exterior
mirrors, autonomous drive sensors and cameras, headlights, computer-aided
drivetrain, wiring harnesses, vehicle control units, seats, or interior trim panels
- Disconnected/drained batteries
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To download a copy of the position statement, click here.
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