Most of the faulty cars have been sold in Sweden, Britain and Germany, with 24,000 of them being in Sweden. Around 100 police cars, too, are affected, local media reported.

The software problem affects Volvo's 60 and 70 series of 2016 year's model, which has a five-cylinder engine.

Affected car owners will receive a letter which encourages them to contact their nearest dealership for a no-charge fix.

Swedish Television cited Volvo owners discussing the faulty cars on an online forum.