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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,667 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.

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1998 Volvo S70 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Volvo S70 Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 232003

S70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Faulty dash clips that retain the dashboard to the firewall. I was told by the lead technican at bob pinkus Volvo in Colorado springs, co that this was a known defect. The clips break leading to a squeeky dash that Volvo is not willing to address out of warranty. I now have no confidence in dirving this car as I do not know when the dash will seperate, if in an accident, and severly injure either myself or a member of my family.

- Long Boat Key, FL, USA

problem #14

Jul 311998

S70

  • miles
Air bags have been inoperative since purchase (warning light on) despite numerous repair attempts. Vehicle was in some sort of accident prior to sale by Volvo. This may have permanently disabled the air bag system.

- East Lyme, CT, USA

problem #13

Jul 102000

S70

  • miles
Consumer was sitting still at a light & was struck from the front toward the middle to right passenger side. Consumer has frontal & side airbags which didn't deploy. Manufacturer has been contacted & they said that consumer will have to be responsible for payment.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #12

Jul 032000

S70

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving consumer's vehicle was hit by another driver while making a left turn. Other vehicle hit the passenger side rear bumper, and caused consumer to hit a tree. Then, bounced off into a retaining wall which stopped the car. Windows were busted out the whole right side of the vehicle which was damaged, and neither airbag deployed.

- Almont, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 161999

S70

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was invovled in an accident at 30-35 mph; head on collision. Upon impact, both air bags failed to deploy. Can NHTSA provide additional information.

- Garden City, NY, USA

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problem #10

Jun 161999

S70

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was invovled in an accident at 30-35 mph; head on collision. Upon impact, both air bags failed to deploy. Can NHTSA provide additional information.

- Garden City, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 051999

S70

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer was sitting in the vehicle, and the passager's side air bag deployed for no reason.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 051999

S70

  • miles
Consumer was sitting in the vehicle, and the passager's side air bag deployed for no reason.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Dec 021998

S70

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
No deployment of passenger side air bag during collision.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 171999

S70

  • miles
While driving had no frontal impacts, however, driver's and passenger's airbags deployed, causing an accident and injuries without any warning. The side airbags did not deploy. Currently being investigated in germany.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 171999

S70

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving had no frontal impacts, however, driver's and passenger's airbags deployed, causing an accident and injuries without any warning. The side airbags did not deploy. Currently being investigated in germany.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 171999

S70

  • miles
I was traveling about 15 mph through a green light. And coming from my left a 1988 Chevy S-10 went through a red light at about 30mph. I had no time to reach for the brakes, and I rammed into the passenger side of the S10. The whole front end of the Volvo was smashed. If I'm told you need a head-on collision for deployment of air bags. O.K. if the whole front end is gone why didn't the air bags work. Thank you for your time.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 171999

S70

  • miles
I was traveling about 15 mph through a green light. And coming from my left a 1988 Chevy S-10 went through a red light at about 30mph. I had no time to reach for the brakes, and I rammed into the passenger side of the S10. The whole front end of the Volvo was smashed. If I'm told you need a head-on collision for deployment of air bags. O.K. if the whole front end is gone why didn't the air bags work. Thank you for your time.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 011997

S70

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle collision, no deployment of air bags. 522084 dup of 524915. Posted on 30-Sep-98.

- Fairlawn, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 011997

S70

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle collision, no deployment of air bags. 522084 dup of 524915. Posted on 30-Sep-98.

- Fairlawn, OH, USA

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