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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Park/Neutral Start Switch Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,144 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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2001 Volvo S80 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Volvo S80 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,288 miles


This car was stuck in park. We could not shift the car out of park into drive. We were stuck in a line of traffic and it was a dangerous incident. We repeatedly correctly depressed the button on the gear selector knob and and at the same time depresssed the brake pedal ( we have done this thousands of times on this vehicle from 2001 to present without any problems). It took over 15 minutes of turning off the enigine and restarting it, turning the steering back and forth to finally get it out of park into drive. We are fully aware of the brake shift interlock safety feature. This incident was the result of equipment malfunction and not operator error. My wife and I each struggled to finally get it from park to drive. This is a real equipment problem that needs to be investigated and corrected. My wife and I both drive Volvo and are experienced Volvo drivers. Any suggestion of operator error is frivolous defense.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 082002

(reported on)


  • miles
While parked on a hill or upward slope, or standing still on these hills or slopes, the vehicle rolls back very fast. This happens between the time it takes to release the brake pedal and press the accelerator. This has caused several near misses. Consumer would like NHTSA to review this safety defect and for Volvo dealers to alert current and potential Volvo owners of this defect.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

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