April 17, 2024

Volvo gets fined by NHTSA for recall problems

2011 Volvo XC60

We often hear all about the recall business and how manufacturers face the wall when it comes to older cars and whatever problems they may have developed.

What doesn’t really come to our attention is what happens after these recalls are carried through. In Volvo’s case we’re going to have the news in a different way.

2011 Volvo XC60
2011 Volvo XC60

The Swedish guys renown for the safety of their cars are getting a fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It seems that the fine is related to failing to report safety defects. That’s not really the same situation where used to.

Volvo are pathological about safety, so how could this happen? Well, it actually didn’t. There’s a bit of a paperwork issue.

2011 Volvo XC60
2011 Volvo XC60

The original problems happened back in 2010, as Volvo was being sold by Volvo to Geely. In the midst of the events, there weren’t too many people available to report on recalls to the NHTSA.

Naturally, everybody is trying to get away from the responsibility by claiming it wasn’t them who needed to do the reporting.

America’s safety agency isn’t having any, Volvo got a 1.5 million dollar warning fine for not reporting the situation on time.

The Swedish company agreed to pay the fine but never admitted to ever doing anything wrong. It’s a rather unpleasant situation.

2011 Volvo XC60
2011 Volvo XC60

Even more so when you consider that the recall in question includes some 32000 vehicles with different problems.

Ok, some of them are less important like air pressure in the tires and a few warning stickers but there are plenty with actual airbag issues or stalling risks.


  • Mike May 29, 2014

    The transmission on my 2006 Volvo S80 has been acting up, slipping, etc. for 5 years now. The software have been updated 4 times… JUNK! I know people with s80s from 1998 to 2012 and ALL of their transmissions are having similar issues. Why is the NHTSA not looking at these lemons?

  • Marcus May 29, 2014

    Hi Mike, we don’t know exactly, but it is probably that not more people filled complaints about this unpleasant problem. Volvo are good cars but just for safety. Also, stay connected to AutoMotor for future news, we will write about this if something happen.

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