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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Saturn SL brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 082001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While pulling into a parking space, stepped on the brakes, which failed. Car struck the crub and a railing causing the airbags to deploy and the seatbelts to lock very tight. Two days prior to purchasing the brakes were squeaking.

- Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 152000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had brakes resurfaced three times. Dealer was saying that consumer was applying brakes too hard. Brakes weren't warranty. Dealer replaced it as a courtesy to the consumer, and not under warranty.

- Millville, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 291998

(reported on)


  • miles
Upon applying steady pressure the brakes release a couple of seconds after initial application.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011998


  • miles
The problem in a nutshell is unexpected/unpredictable apparent loss of braking.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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