• Nov 25, 2006
Looks like Volvo's bad recall news we told you about Wednesday got worse. Reuters is reporting that Volvo will recall 360,000 cars, not 170,000 we said in the previous post.
According to the official NHTSA-ordered recall, Volvo will install new software to fix speed controls on the recalled cars. Models affected include the 1999-2002 V70, and C70 coupes and convertibles; the 2001-2002 S60; the 1999-2000 S70 and V70XC; 1999-2001 S80; and the 2001 XC70. The recall number is 06V441000.

Reuters reports that Volvo spokesman Christer Gustafsson said the automaker has fixed the speed control problem on about 165,000 vehicles of the recall total after sending out notices to owners in March.

The full text of the NHTSA recall after the jump.

[Source: Reuters]

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
VOLVO / C70
1999-2002
VOLVO / C70 CONVERTIBLE
1999-2002
VOLVO / S60
2001-2002
VOLVO / S70
1999-2000
VOLVO / S80
1999-2001
VOLVO / V70
1999-2002
VOLVO / V70XC
1999-2000
VOLVO / XC70
2001

ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A COMBINATION OF THROTTLE POSITIONING SENSOR IRREGULARITIES, A DIRTY THROTTLE HOUSING, AND/OR INEFFICIENT SOFTWARE CALIBRATION MAY CAUSE A WARNING LAMP TO LIGHT AND THE SUBSEQUENT ONSET OF LIMP HOME MODES.

THIS RESULTED IN A HIGH NUMBER OF VEHICLES GOING INTO THE LIMP HOME MODE WITHOUT NEED.

DEALERS WILL INSTALL THE CURRENT SOFTWARE UPGRADE ONTO THE INVOLVED VEHICLES. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS RECALL. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.

VOLVO RECALL NO. R155. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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  • 6 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Too bad that chunky profile only looks solid. Rest your butt on the front end, lean back and give your best mean mug for the camera and the front clip flexes and twists in disapproval. Ditto the back bumper: rest a box before loading the trunk and the 300s posterior
      sags like the rack of a middle-aged supermodel." http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=2623

      Now that government forces auto manufacturers to assume financial responsibility for quality shortfalls, ending the stonewalling that earned the Big 2.5 their deplorable image for quality and integrity, recalls are costing them billions. Surely it makes more sense to spend a few extra bucks per car up front and avoid recalls.

      Regardless, Chrysler's engineers and designers are under instruction to cut another $1,000 from a car's cost. Anyone who has experienced Chrysler's flimsy materials and shoddy assembly first hand will be aghast.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, you had it right before. Your "full text" of the NHTSA notice is missing some lines, including the crucial one:

      "Potential Number Of Units Affected : 170099"
      • 8 Years Ago

      Here's the full text of the NHTSA notice. Note the line: "Potential Number Of Units Affected : 170099"


      Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
      VOLVO / C70 1999-2002
      VOLVO / C70 CONVERTIBLE 1999-2002
      VOLVO / S60 2001-2002
      VOLVO / S70 1999-2000
      VOLVO / S80 1999-2001
      VOLVO / V70 1999-2002
      VOLVO / V70XC 1999-2000
      VOLVO / XC70 2001

      Manufacturer : VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.

      NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V441000 Mfg's Report Date : NOV 14, 2006

      Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

      Potential Number Of Units Affected : 170099

      Summary:
      ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A COMBINATION OF THROTTLE POSITIONING SENSOR IRREGULARITIES, A DIRTY THROTTLE HOUSING, AND/OR INEFFICIENT SOFTWARE CALIBRATION MAY CAUSE A WARNING LAMP TO LIGHT AND THE SUBSEQUENT ONSET OF LIMP HOME MODES.
      Consequence:
      THIS RESULTED IN A HIGH NUMBER OF VEHICLES GOING INTO THE LIMP HOME MODE WITHOUT NEED.
      Remedy:
      DEALERS WILL INSTALL THE CURRENT SOFTWARE UPGRADE ONTO THE INVOLVED VEHICLES. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS RECALL. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLVO AT 1-800-458-1552.
      Notes:
      VOLVO RECALL NO. R155. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Limp home modes"

      lol

      Doesn't that happen when you drink too much, can't afford a cab, and end up walking home?

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      I took my XC70 in for a check up and they should have fixed this problem and guess what they didn't. Then 6 months later the engine light came on and it went into the limp home mode. It does exactly what it sounds like. It won't go faster than 1 mile and hour. When I took my car in they charged me $600.00 to clean the throttle body and sent me on my way. I started the car and it did the same thing. The (rocket scientist) now realize that it may be this recall and may give our $600.00 dollars back. This kind of stuff makes you want to never buy a volvo.
        kevj1
        • 13 Days Ago

        "This kind of stuff makes you want to never buy a Volvo"?

         That makes no sense at all. I am a Volvo Certified Master Technician instructor,

        and we can only fix what and when the Manufacturer tells us to. And to show you, my own S70 AWD had throttle body reoccurring problems and software updates did not do a damn thing. I went to order a new throttle body, and Volvo wouldn't release the part. And I WORK FOR VOLVO. So it was like yours, in limp mode. Under 5 mph.,

         Well a few years later what did Volvo do? Issue a recall to change the THROTTLE BODY assembly. You probably have your $600 returned by now. Volvo  has one of the smallest recall issues than most other lines.

        My Volvo xc90 feels safer every time I drive it. I would never drive anything else. They cost more, but the material they use, like High Strength steel around you and the Interior.