2011 Volvo S80 electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles

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2011 Volvo S80 electrical problems

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2011 Volvo S80 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 072016


  • 66,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Volvo S80. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to switch gears. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the computer system failed and needed to be restarted. In addition, the battery cable was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #1

May 182013

S80 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
While driving between 35 to 40 miles per hour for approximately 5 minutes, I began to smell something burning. There was no engine nor temperature indicator lit up on the dash. Assuming it was from a passing vehicle, I continued to drive for 1 to 2 minutes. Then looking in the rear view mirror, I could see black smoke coming from the trunk. Upon opening the trunk, the car burst into flames. The fire seems to have started in wiring located in the trunk then proceeded through to the speaker in the back seat. Even after turning off engine, the fireman on the scene noticed that the radio and air conditioning were still running. The battery had to be disconnected to shut electrical items off.

- Southgate, MI, USA

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