Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems Seal Of Pretty Good Notes: The 2007 XC90 got a facelift -- the good kind, not the "hollywood" kind -- and has so far not had the same transmission problems that a few owners of previous model years have complained about.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,389 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 XC90 electrical problems

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2007 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #9

Oct 282015


  • 103,000 miles


In a nutshell: At approximately 8:35 Wednesday morning (October 28th), my Volvo XC90 spontaneously caught fire in the pouring rain. I was in the car at the time. Thankfully nobody was hurt. Toronto fire services and toronto police services both attended the scene. The most frightening part of this incident is the fact that it was completely spontaneous and very close to the gas tank! obviously it was the result of an electrical malfunction. Thankfully another driver alerted me to the fact that my car was on fire - as it was not apparent to me - and I was able to leave the vehicle safely. I shudder to think of the potentially fatal gas explosion which would have followed, had we not been able to extinguish the fire as quickly as we did. Please see link with videos and photos of the incident and resulting damage: Https://

- North York, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 152014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Volvo XC90. When the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle failed to respond without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was operating as designed. On another occasion, when the ignition key was turned to the on position, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was started after several attempts. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Capitola, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 242015

XC90 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving through the neighborhood, suddenly the following warnings appeared: The dash completely shut off, all instruments zeroed out, the auto A/C shut off, my windows and locks stopped working the radio turned off. SRS failure, power failure - urgent, brake failure... use caution stopping, warnings appeared in my messages menu screen. The power was flickering on and off, on and off, until it just shut off completely. Thankfully I was so close to my mechanic, that I just rolled down the hill into their driveway. This car is not safe. I had my little girl in the car with me. I would hate to think what would have happened if we had been on the freeway unable to stop.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #6

Jun 132014


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the ignition coil needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Califon, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 282012

XC90 6-cyl

  • 91,500 miles
The headlights started to flicker a few months ago. At first I thought I was imagining it until they started to briefly blink, I still was not sure it was happening. Tonight, as I was driving home, the lights abruptly turned off. I stopped the car as I was driving with no headlights and noticed a warning light that said low beam failure. I turned the car off and back on and the headlights started to work again. On the 30 minute drive home, the headlights would blink off and on; sometimes one would work, sometimes neither would work. Very unsafe!!! I'm very upset to read that this is a known complaint and Volvo has not addressed the problem. When the headlights turned off in the dark, I had both of my children in the car with me. It's horrible they would allow this known problem to go unresolved. That's playing with people's lives.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #4

May 262012

XC90 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Despite Volvo's knowledge of problems with the XC90 transmission, when it failed completely, I took it to an aamco dealer because there was no local Volvo dealer. The tach was all the way to the right and the wheels would do nothing. It was very dangerous. Despite have the extended 100K warranty, and this prior knowledge, Volvo corporate refused to assist in any way with the $6K cost of the repairs because I didn't have it repaired at a Volvo dealer. I was told by aamco that it was dangerous to be driving. I would never own another Volvo of any type.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 182011


  • 60,000 miles


The driver side low beam headlight keeps melting the plastic connector. I have replaced the connector and had all the wiring and other components checked on 3 different occasions. The dealer says nothing can be done to fix this issue. It is ridiculous that a luxury brand like Volvo is very aware of this issue and does nothing to alleviate the problem.

- Hiltons, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 082012

XC90 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
When restarting my car in an elementary school pick-up line, the key would not turn. The brake pedal felt "stuck" and the steering wheel was locked. I had to have it towed and because it could not be put into neutral, it had to be dragged onto the tow truck bed. The lock cylinder has failed. It is estimated that we will be without the car for 7 days.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #1

May 082010


  • 28,000 miles
July 4, 2010 in reply to: VIN# [xxx] Volvo cars of North America customer care center 1volvo drive rockledge, NJ 07647-0914 dear Volvo cars of North America, subject: Volvo XC90 warranty/safety issue I have returned my Volvo XC90 on several occasions for electrical system related problems to include three separate incidents of the position indicator light burning out, multiple bulb failures and tire pressure system warnings. My Volvo repair shop told me that these were unrelated normal repairs and that I should not be concerned after the latest incident of the tire system malfunction I took my vehicle to a local repair shop who troubleshoot my vehicle, put the vehicle on a lift and showed me a wiring harness that was wet from being located directly underneath the vehicles ac I believe this is a manufacturers defect. The wiring harness has already developed rust which indicates consistent water immersion and I was told this should be a cause for concern as this situation could lead to electrical system failure, shorts, shocks or vehicle fire. I am requesting that this issue be fixed and some type of warranty extension be provided to protect from any future repairs that may be caused by this defect. [xxx] cc:NHTSA information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

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