Dash Lights May Stay on Due to Malfunction in Ignition Switch on Volvo 850

The electronic portion of the ignition switch may malfunction, causing some dash lights to stay on. When this happens, a wiggle of the ignition key should temporarily return everything to normal.

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Average mileage: 140,000 (53,000–187,000)
5 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997
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Dash lights come on during the initial startup but goes out and stays out.
1997 Volvo 850 140,000 mi,
My dash lights come on then cut out completely while driving and will not come back on.
Contacts to ignition key switch erratic; if push up on key usually restores. Symptom obvious when shift lock fails to release from Park. Not repaired, just wiggling as needed.
Intrument cluster light intermittently come on when starting the car with the headlight switch off. Self correcting after a short time.