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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,771 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Volvo S60 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2007 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 162014

S60 5-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


While driving approximately 70mph in heavy traffic, in unfamiliar area and dark, the car experienced complete shutdown of electrical and mechanical power. The shutdown was instantaneous without any prior warning that a catastrophic failure was looming. The driver was without all lighting, power assist brakes or steering. This issue was greatly complicated by not being sufficiently visible to other drivers, prompting several last moment evasive maneuvers while exiting the active lanes. Initially, the car did not respond to attempts to start or to get lights to illuminate. After approximately 3 minutes, the car started and operated normally. Everything had appeared to reset, as if car had battery disconnected after service. This appears to me as a repeat of the complaint filed on the 2007 Volvo S60 dated 7-2-2014, where the owner reported "complete and total electrical failure? four times in about a year. Volvo was notified the next morning of this new example of their horrifying safety issue. I was instructed to take it to the local Volvo service department where the issue could be diagnosed. The car was taken to the dealer and I gave the service adviser reference numbers for both the conversation I had with Volvo and the NHTSA for the complaints I filed. Additionally, they were given the information on the prior complaint describing the same issue. After 1 day in service department, problem cannot be diagnosed. Other than an issue with code/codes, relating to fuel pressure, there is no immediate indication of what may have caused this instantaneous complete engine and electrical failure. Currently, the technician is email corresponding with ?people in NJ? to tell him ?what they want him to do" our car has 99K miles at time of failure.

- Ashland , KY, USA

problem #4

Jul 012013


  • 53,835 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volvo S60. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated. The dealer reset the code, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was returned to the dealer who made an adjustment to the software. The remedy failed to correct the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 53,835.

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 122013

S60 5-cyl

  • 91,613 miles
While driving at approx. 70 mph, my car experienced a complete and total electrical and power failure. Quite literally, the car's electrical and power system stopped operating while driving at highway speed. I brought the car to the Volvo dealer who charged me $1911 to replace a circuit board assuming this would resolve the problem. Since this original occurrence it has been repeated another 3 times, again at highway speed by both my wife and myself. I have subsequently called Volvo but was told it is not an identified issue although it is extremely dangerous.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #2

Jan 182010


  • 24,300 miles
I pulled out from a parking lot onto a main street while it was raining. I thought there was enough of a break in traffic to safely pull out, but when applying the throttle with the front wheels turned, the wheels spun for a few seconds before I lifted off the throttle. Because my car had partially entered the lane with no room to back up due to a vehicle behind, the oncoming vehicle had to swerve around my car. The following day, I took the vehicle in for service at the local dealership and mentioned that the traction control did not appear to be working. This was my second complaint about the traction control (about 8,000 miles prior, my car could not gain traction while climbing a wet parking garage ramp). The technician found a faulty brake pedal position sensor and replaced it. My service advisor informed me that the faulty sensor caused the traction control and stability control to be off-line since. I am wondering why my car did not issue any type of warning that these two safety features were off-line. According to the situation described to me, the computer knew there was some type of problem with the sensor, so it disabled the traction control and stability control in response.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032007


  • 107 miles
Seat belt reminder is not working. ( no beeping sound or display while driving without seat belt) erratic reading/display gas mileage (electronic reading of gas gauge is not correct).

- Fair Lawn, NJ, USA

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