2008 Volvo XC90 electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,242 miles

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2008 Volvo XC90 electrical problems

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2008 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 122014


  • 116,580 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volvo XC90. While driving approximately 35 mph, the battery warning indicator remained illuminated. A few moments later, other unknown warning indicators began to illuminate. The vehicle was maneuvered to a safe location. The front driver and passenger side power window switches failed to operate when activated. The engine was turned off and failed to restart. Roadside assistance inspected the vehicle and jumpstarted the battery. The vehicle resumed normal operation. The contact mentioned that the SRS warning indicator illuminated for two years and continued. The rear passenger door ajar message displayed even though the doors were closed in a secured position. In addition, the child lock fault message illuminated. The failures recurred and persisted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 116,580.

- Irvington, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 132015

XC90 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
While trying to start the car, the ignition key when inserted will not turn to unlock the steering column. The steering column remains locked until it for some reason unexplained releases so you can start the car. I have been told it has a faulty ignition module and needs to be replaced.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #3

Nov 062014


  • 77,320 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that the anti-lock brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the yaw sensors a and D needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 77,320.

- Prospect Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 302013

XC90 6-cyl

  • 31,769 miles
10/30/2013...failed ignition lock switch at 31769 miles, in garage, no warning resulting in having to have vehicle towed to dealership, part investigated ordered and ultimately replaced at a cost of over 600$ as well as the cost of a rental vehicle for a week because part needed to be ordered and shipped to dealer. Additional rental cost at just over 200$. followed by starter switch behind the ignition lock switch failing on 4/08/2014 diagnosed at dealership, part needing to be ordered and then installed 4/22/2014. A cost of 165$, mileage at this replacement was 34332. After which I contacted the Volvo customer care department and sent all required information to see if there had been any recalls on this vehicle/ part. I was informed it was not a recall item. They also said that on a vehicle that age an mileage I should expect some maintenance issues. I keep my vehicle maintained and checked on a regular basis. Having spoken to the tow truck driver and an vehicle mechanic that has 2 Volvo they both said they have personally had this same issue with the ignition lock switch, once when driving. Volvo offered to reimburse me up to 30% of cost of part/S up to 200$. I needed to send in documentation and copies of work completed. My concern is that in light of the ignition issues with GM that have been ongoing for 5 years...is this the same thing just not identified as of yet and if the Volvo corporation does reimburse a portion of my output to fix the ignition create the environment that will lead them to not allow any rights to owners if this becomes a recall/ legal issue?

- Clovis , CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 042011


  • 24,542 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that he was unable to remove the key from the ignition and had to use both hands with an extreme amount of force to remove the key. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was informed that the engine lock cylinder had failed and needed to be repaired. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The vehicle was awaiting repairs. The current and failure mileages were 24,542. The VIN was unavailable.

- Boulder , CO, USA

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