really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles

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2001 Volvo XC70 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 072008

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


I had experienced some instances of a delay in response by the throttle in my 2001 XC70 for several months. Most times it was following an exit from a freeway and the subsequent attempted acceleration after stop was very hesitant and felt as if the clutch was slipping. I had an ETM diagnostic run in may of 2007 at barrier motors Volvo in bellevue wa. And they found nothing wrong but said they could not get the car to repeat the problem. I had also experienced some infrequent instances of extra acceleration with minimal gas pedal pressure during the same time. On January 7, 2008 I was in line approaching a round-about and after the second slow move forward, I had no more than touched the gas pedal than my car surged forward into the rear of the van in front of me. I was only able to get my foot poised over the break pedal before impact. The car died and when I tried to restart immediately nothing would work. The people in the van had neck injuries, my seatbelt deployed and the retraction unit failed. Only the week prior to this I had started doing an on-line search about my transmission and found many blog complaints about similar problems but had not been to NHTSA site yet. Now I see there appears to be a concerted effort on the part of Volvo na to practice the same kind of obfuscator games that Ford mc has played all along. It reminds me very much of their sop for dealing with the pinto problem in the '70S. In looking at the NHTSA investigations and complaints I find, by looking in all the applications of topic and several other broad category searches the overall conclusion I have reached is that Volvo na/Ford mc are not being held accountable for all the expenses and grief they are causing the consumers. A full class action investigation is probably warranted and probably an involvement of a congressional oversight by the U.S. department of transportation.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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