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Volvo XC90 reportedly under NHTSA investigation for intermittent lighting failures

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Jul 28th 2010 at 4:33PM

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating older Volvo XC90 models for potential faulty electronics that could cause the headlights and turn signals to fail. So far, the government isn't aware of any crashes resulting from the fault, but 21 owners have filed a complaint. The defect manifests itself on 2004-2005 XC90 SUVs, and NHTSA says that 93,487 vehicles are potentially impacted by the problem.

Fortunately, should the NHTSA issue a recall, the problem is a relatively easy fix. Regulators say that simply replacing a bad control module is enough to set everything working again. So far, there are no reports of similar problems occurring in any other Volvo models of similar vintage, but you can bet your eyes that the NHTSA will be taking a closer look at the company's line up from four years ago just to make sure.

[source: Bloomberg via San Francisco Chronicle]



Volvo SUVs Examined for Electronics Flaws, U.S. Says

July 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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By Angela Greiling Keane

(Updates with comment from Volvo in fourth paragraph.)

July 26 (Bloomberg) -- Volvo Car Corp. sport-utility vehicles are being investigated by the U.S. for intermittent electronics defects in components such as headlights and turn signals, which may raise the risk of a crash.

Volvo XC90s for model years 2004 and 2005 have been the subject of 21 complaints about intermittent malfunctions of the components in city driving and at highway speeds, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its website.

The defect isn’t linked to crashes or injuries, NHTSA said. The model years include about 93,487 vehicles, according to the regulator. When the unit controlling the electronic parts was replaced, the flaws were corrected, the agency said, citing the complainants.

“We will provide all the information that NHTSA asks and we’ll work closely with the agency to make sure the issue is resolved,” said James Hope, a U.S.-based Volvo spokesman.

Volvo, a Swedish carmaker, is being bought by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. from Ford Motor Co. for $1.8 billion in the biggest overseas purchase by a Chinese automaker.

Volvo in 2007 recalled its 2005 XC90s to inspect the batteries to ensure they didn’t short circuit and cause fires.

NHTSA, which has been criticized by U.S. lawmakers for its slow response to unintended acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, is separately investigating whether electronics- related causes contributed to unwanted acceleration in vehicles.



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