2011 Volvo XC60 electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,994 miles

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2011 Volvo XC60 electrical problems

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2011 Volvo XC60 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 032015


  • 49,926 miles


The car has needed 4 battery changes and the last two were in July and October. On one occasion the car died and would not start at all. On October 3, like the multiple times before, the low battery sign came up. When the car was taken in the dealer finally found that there software glitch in their words that was keeping certain modules of the car on despite the car being turned off. We were told a software patch was applied and that would take care of the issue. Today, 11/6/2015, the low battery sign has come on again and the car has automatically decided to switch the radio off to conserve power twice already. This seems to happen every time we are trying to start the car. The first time this happened we were parked and had to get the vehicle towed. The second time the low battery sign came on and we were able to drive the car to the dealer where the battery was replaced. The 3rd time the battery died parked in a parking lot and the car had to be towed to the dealership. The 4th time the low batter sign came on again and I had to drive the car back to the dealership. This is the 5th time the low battery sign has come on and we are about to take the car to the dealership. The sign came on again when we were parked and about to start the car. Additionally, the blind spot assistance system has a camera that keeps malfunctioning. This happens randomly during drives where the camera malfunctions. The only way to get the error to go away is to restart the car.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Mar 292015


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Volvo XC60. While the vehicle was parked, the key failed to release from the ignition switch without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 262013

XC60 6-cyl

  • 21,100 miles
While driving on a local street the vehicle without warning suddenly shut down, braking the vehicle to a sudden stop and locking the steering wheel in the middle of moving traffic. The vehicle came to a sudden complete stop without driver input narrowly avoiding a collision. Vehicle was unable to start or be moved and had to be placed on a flatbed by the use of a dolly system. If the vehicle had been driving on a highway control would have been lost causing a very serious and most likely fatal accident. Please advise the next step in this procedure as I feel this car is unsafe, in that no warning was provided if a malfunction were to and did occur, why did the car completely shut down, stopping the vehicle immediately and locking the steering wheel. No control was possible due to this situation. As stated previously if the vehicle was driven at highway speeds at the time this would surely have been fatal.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 292012

XC60 6-cyl

  • 16,950 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Volvo S60. The contact stated that using the remote key fob, the vehicle was locked. The contact returned to the vehicle twenty-five minutes later and the doors were unlocked, and the engine was turned on. The dealer was notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 16,950 and the current mileage was 17,000.

- New Smynra Beach, FL, USA

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