§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Transort whether he will make a statement on the progress of investigations into apparent faults on the automatic transmission of certain Volvos 343 and 345; and whether, until the problem is cleared and his investigation proves that no danger or damage to the public or drivers of these vehicles is involved, he will seek to make a temporary order banning these vehicles from the public highway.
§ Mrs. Chalker
My Department is investigating the allegation that Volvo 300 series cars fitted with automatic transmission can move off from rest at an uncontrolled speed. The investigation is being carried out in co-operation with Volvo Car Concessonaires Ltd., the Motor Industry Research Association and Volvo BV, the Dutch manufacturers. As yet no cause for these cars behaving in this way has been identified, but the investigations are being pursued as quickly as possible.