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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Disc: Caliper Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,939 miles

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2007 Volvo S40 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 122007

S40 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,939 miles


The rear brakes on this vehicle caught on fire after a short drive (1 mile) having to be extinguished with a fire extinguisher. The rear brake assembly (left rear) completely failed and overheated to the point of causing flames to appear needing to be extinguished. This car had 2939 miles on it as a new Volvo S40. This catastrophic failure was unexplained and without an apparent error by driver as this vehicle is used by a college student for very short distances. The emergency brake was not left on.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

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