2022 Volvo XC40 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical and Tire issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2022 Volvo XC40 allows discerning drivers to experience the high-class lifestyle while on the road. The automaker claims it will help “Design your life.” However, owners continue to find that there’s no room for enjoyment or design when it comes to dealing with a defective electrical system and dangerous tires.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2022 Volvo XC40

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Air Bags
Back Over Prevention: Camera System
Electrical System
Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
Lane Departure: Blind Spot Detection
Service Brakes, Hydraulic

Problems with the Electrical System

There’s no reason for a new vehicle to have defective electronics. Today’s technologies require reliable electrical systems, but the XC40 just seems to disappoint.

Here’s one NHTSA complaint worth reading. “The contact leased a 2022 Volvo XC40. The contact stated that while using the backup camera at night, the brightness of the taillights would obstruct his vision while reversing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided him with a case number. The contact also notified the dealer of the failure and an inspection was performed. The inspection determined no fault with the camera system. The manufacturer then sent him an email that also informed him that there were no defects with the camera. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,500.”

Sadly, this isn’t the first complaint of its kind, proving that there’s an ongoing issue. However, Volvo is too busy dealing with NHTSA Campaign Number 21V109000 to look at anything else. This recall shows that the Battery Energy Control Module (BECM) microprocessor might reset itself while the vehicle is in operation. If this happens, the high-voltage system can disconnect, which creates a loss of power and increases the chances of an accident. Knowing this, it’s clear to see why Volvo isn’t concerned about backup camera issues right now, even though the complaints are piling up. Customers are going to “design their life,” but without the XC40 in the future.

Problems with the Tires

The tires on the XC40 seem to be just as disappointing, especially considering how much money customers are spending on this Volvo.

Another NHTSA complaint states, “The contact was test driving a 2022 Volvo XC40 equipped with Pirelli tires. Tire Line: Pirelli, Tire Size:2255/40R20, DOT: Not available. The contact stated while driving at 3 MPH and making a turn in her driveway, the vehicle bumped the curve and the driver-side rear tire blew out. The contact stated it was the original tire. The dealer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that they will follow up on the failure. The tire was replaced. The vehicle failure mileage and the tire failure mileages were unknown. The VIN was not available.”

It seems that the tires are causing plenty of trouble. Service Bulletin #TJ33867.1.3-2021 goes on to further discuss how radial force variation can create the same symptoms of an unbalanced tire and how this is prevalent in today’s models. Technicians are advised to provide tire balancing and look at radial force variations. Otherwise, the ride could be rough and uncomfortable, not how customers planned to design their life by any means.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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