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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,267 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.

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2004 Volvo S60 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 202015

S60 5-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


The 2.4L 2004 Volvo S60 experiences erratic behavior and engine failure when operating multiple concurrent electrical systems. When these systems (operated within specified guidelines) are used concurrently they cause the following conditions: Engine failure, loss of power steering, loss of brakes. The following is a list of electrical channels that have been used to trigger the engine failure: Brakes, indicator lights (right or left) heated seats (X2) front windshield defrost multiple S60 model owners have reported having experienced this same engine failure which cannot be detected by the manufactures diagnostics test. When tested the battery, alternator and computer all present positive read-outs. this is a serious condition that could result in a collision or even death. A recall on this model is being immediately requested. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 082013

S60 5-cyl

  • 103,800 miles
I was driving 35-40 mph when a vehicle 2 cars ahead of me had to make a quick stop. I did not see this happen in time, slammed on my brakes and consequently smashed into the back of the car in front of me, who then hit the car in front of him. I totaled my car. The passenger air bag deployed and filled my car with smoke (or whatever that is) however, the driver air bag did not deploy. I was rushed to a trauma center and my injuries include my back, neck and I lost a tooth from my face hitting the steering wheel. My chest and legs are covered in bruises from the seat belt. I am very lucky, however, I do not like to think of what could have occurred if I was at a high speed and on the fwy. And the air bag did not deploy because it was defective, and perhaps it was not designed to go off in this particular incident? I hit head on, no logical reason to think the passenger airbag going off as it did, but not mine or driver side.

- Corona Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 112011

S60 5-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Good afternoon, we have experienced a catastrophic failure of the emergency brake, whereby the brake lining of the E-brake is of an "organic" compound and according to the Volvo technician "swells" when it gets wet, causing the E-brake to lock-up. My bride was in our neighborhood when this occurred, causing the entire braking assembly and associated parts to be ripped and busted loose. Volvo charged us $2100 in parts and labor to "fix" this. Volvo techs did say that this happens alot, but alot at speed (faster than 25mph). Can you imagine this E-brake lock-up at highway speeds. How frequently has this happened? I have pictures of the affected parts. This is totally unsafe and Volvo knows about it.

- Dublin, OH, USA

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