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.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: I've heard about issues with the parking brake not being sufficient with this car. To be fair, it must be hard to hold back all that awesomeness.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
900 miles

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2008 Volvo XC90 miscellaneous problems

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2008 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 262008


  • 900 miles


My 4 year old son was in an accident with our brand new Volvo XC90. I got out of car to take a picture (leaving the engine on for air conditioning) and he shifted the car out of park, crashing thank goodness into a fence that slowly stopped him. Knowing he cannot reach the break I immediately tested the gear shift and found that it easily shifts out of park without your foot on the brake. We have returned the car to the dealer who has admitted "the car's shifter is broken". we asked to check another new XC90 it functioned properly. This could have been a fatal accident if it happened in any other location. We are hoping the dealer will fully repair the car or offer us a new one. I am not sure I can trust this car again -we just bought it this May. How and when did it "break" or was it defective to start with" should this car have even passed its safety inspection? can I get access to the factory's safety inspection? are there other reports of brand new Xc90S with defective gear shifts? has anyone else reported this? I'd have never known it was faulty if this accident hadn't happened. I expected this safety standard, as our old Volvo had it. Fortunately my son was not injured, but somebody else's child may be. Please check out these cars. What should we expect from the dealer"

- Washington, VA, USA

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