Recall Alert: 2014 Volvo S60, S80, XC60 and XC70


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 7,767 model-year 2014 versions of the S60, S80, XC60 and XC70. Only vehicles equipped with keyless ignition are affected.

The Problem: The Central Electronic Control Module may not function correctly, causing the windshield wipers to run continuously and the turn signals, high beams and headlights to malfunction; cruise control may also not work. This could lead to a crash.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 9, 2013 | Comments (1)

Volvo Announces Pricing on 2014 Lineup


Volvo announced pricing this week for its 2014 lineup, across which exterior updates and technological enhancements have been made. Powertrains carry over from the previous year and include the 250-horsepower T5; 240-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder; 300-hp, turbocharged T6; and the Swedish automaker's most powerful engine, the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder, which makes 325 hp and 354 pounds-feet of torque. Click on each of the models for details on what’s changed for 2014 on the S60 sedan, S80 sedan, XC70 wagon and XC60 compact SUV; the XC90 SUV continues virtually unchanged.

New offerings for the 2014 model year include the Adaptive Digital TFT Display instrument cluster that allows drivers to choose between three themes — Elegance, Eco and Performance — all with different configurations and functionality, Volvo stated. New paddle shifters, coupled with the automaker's Advanced Quick Shift transmission-optimization software, are said to improve the speed of each gear change, increasing zero-to-60-mph times by as much as 0.4 seconds on some models. Safety equipment debuting for 2014 includes pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto brake, cross-traffic alert and a new radar-based blind spot monitoring system.

By Matt Schmitz | August 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Volvo S80 Sedan: What's Changed

  • Most significant changes: Wider, lower exterior design; a new touch-screen multimedia interface; enhanced safety technology.
  • Price change: TBA
  • On sale: This summer
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? If the lower profile and touch-screen technology suit your fancy, the 2014 is looking good so far.

An exterior makeover and new touch-screen multimedia interface top the list of changes to the 2014 Volvo S80, set to debut next month at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show.

Volvo says its flagship sedan gets new exterior design features for 2014 that will bring it visually closer with its crossover cousin, the XC70. New front and rear bumpers create a "stretched" effect making the car appear wider and lower. Rectangular daytime running lights in front give the S80 an updated look, Volvo says, while the rounded-off rear lights enhance the lower-to-the-ground aesthetic. Buyers can now choose 19-inch wheels with the Lowered Sport chassis, one of two including the Comfort Chassis.

"We have created a wider proportion on the front grille and added more detail, such as chrome exterior headlights, to give the car an elegant feel," said Fedde Talsma, exterior design director for Volvo, in a statement.

By Matt Schmitz | February 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Volvo S80 and XC70

Volvo is recalling 300 model-year 2013 versions of the S80 sedan and XC70 wagon because of problems with the tire pressure monitoring system, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A software error may prevent the tire pressure warning system from alerting the driver when a tire is low on air. Underinflated tires could result in a blowout and possible crash.

Volvo has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, but dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Volvo at -800-458-1552 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 4, 2012 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Volvo S80

Volvo is recalling 1,469 model-year 2011-13 versions of the S80 sedan due to problems with the automatic transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, a software error could prevent the transmission from downshifting. This could lead to an engine stall and an increased risk of a crash.

Volvo will notify owners starting Thursday, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call Volvo at 800-458-1552 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 13, 2012 | Comments (1)

NHTSA Fines Volvo $1.5 Million

The automaker who worked to make its name synonymous with "safety" is being fined for not reporting safety recalls in a timely manner. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volvo Cars North America has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty to settle the charge.

NHTSA's investigation found that in 2010 Volvo failed to issue six safety recalls within the amount of time required by law, as was the case with a seventh recall reported in 2012. Under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, automakers have five business days to notify NHTSA after determining a defect exists.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 5, 2012 | Comments (4)

Volvo Incentive Offers Two Months of Free Payments

2012 Volvo XC60

During its summer sales event, Volvo is offering longer free-maintenance plans on its 2013 models and is allowing buyers to waive the first two months of finance or lease payments on its 2012 models.

There's a catch, though. The waived payments have a cash limit and must be financed through U.S. Bank. Also, Volvo's longer maintenance schedule for its 2013 models includes fewer, more spread out service intervals than were offered on its 2012 and 2011 models.

By Colin Bird | June 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 17,000 2012 Volvo Vehicles

Volvo S80

Volvo is recalling 17,000 model-year 2012 Volvo S60, XC60, S80 and XC70 vehicles because the driver-side airbag may not deploy properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On the affected vehicles, which were manufactured from May 16 through Oct. 6, 2011, the wiring harness underneath the driver's seat may not be attached properly. If the wires are loose and are hanging low, they could get caught in the seat track when the seat is adjusted by the driver, potentially causing the wires to disconnect.

If the wires disconnect, the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) warning light could illuminate on the instrument cluster. In the event of a crash, the driver-side airbag and side curtain airbags may not deploy correctly, or not at all, increasing the risk of injury. The wiring harness may cause an issue with the seat-belt pretensioner as well, Volvo says.

Volvo will start notifying owners by March 30, and dealerships will secure the faulty seat wire harness for free. Owners can call Volvo at 800-458-1552 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Colin Bird | March 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2007 Volvo S80

Volvo is recalling 8,406 S80 sedans from the 2007 model year because of an improperly installed steering hose that could burst, leading to a loss of power steering, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

S80s involved in the recall were manufactured between March 8, 2006 and May 16, 2007. You can check to see when your car was made on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.

Volvo says the recall will begin in August. Dealers will inspect the hose and make the necessary repairs free of charge. Concerned owners can call Volvo at 201-768-7300 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236.

By David Thomas | July 29, 2011 | Comments (0)

2012 Volvo Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 XC90 3.2 AWW R-Design

For the 2012 model year, Volvo has discontinued the S40 and V50, which reported in an earlier post. The Swedish automaker is also no longer offering any V-8s across its lineup after the company axed its sole V-8 engine in the XC90 for 2012. V-8s were once offered in the S80 and XC90.

Overall, most models get more standard features and new trim offerings while maintaining similar prices to last year’s models.

By Colin Bird | June 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

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