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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,000 miles

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2006 Volvo S40 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 222014

S40 5-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


There was no accident. Please tell me whether there is a recall for this vehicle. The vehicle look up by VIN is not working on your website.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 072014


  • 74,000 miles
A design flaw caused flooding within the cabin of this vehicle. The sunroof drainage system is faulty and over time leaks water into the floor pan of the car, sometimes enough where flooding occurs. My car flooded a few months back so badly up to 10 gallons of water was vacuumed out. The flooding caused damage to the electrical harness/connections under the driver's/passenger's seat. Currently the check engine light is on, the passenger seat air bag is deactivated and it is unsafe to sit in the passenger seat as the air bag could malfunction at any time, all due to this flooding and the root cause being the faulty drainage system that runs from the sunroof through the dash out of the bottom of the car. There is a class action law suit, no. 2:10-cv-04407-dmc-mf, against Volvo for this specific issue, I believe this issue is leading to more and more problems over time, my vehicle currently won't start and there are only $75K miles on it, I believe water damage is the root cause for all issues with the vehicle at this time, there should be a recall on all vehicles effected or compensation to keep drivers safe in this specific vehicle.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242010


  • miles
2006 Volvo S40 passenger side air bag sensor is malfunctioning. When a passenger is sitting in the passenger seat, the airbag light saying that the airbag is off is often illuminated, but not always. The dealer has told me that they have encountered this problem on several 2006, 2007, and 2008 models. They initially told me that this was normal behavior. They are now investigating since I have raised the safety concern of being in the passenger seat and not having the airbag deploy. This is the third time we have had our car in for this problem. The dealer is working with Volvo to fix this problem, but it seems like there may be a number of defective sensors out there.

- Lemont, IL, USA

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