really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,899 miles

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2005 Volvo S40 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 162005

S40 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,899 miles


November 15, 2005 my Volvo S40's parking brake failed to work properly. After parking my car and leaving the garage the brake "slipped" and rolled out of the spot hitting another car. My car had 2,899 miles on it. When returning to my car that night I found that my parking brake had "slipped" and my Volvo had drifted down the ramp of my parking garage and struck another car. The morning of the accident, I pulled into my parking spot, set my parking brake, sat in my car a few minutes collecting my personal items from my front seat, and back seat, shut front and back door and walked down the ramp while looking back to make sure that my car was locked. The owner of the other car was already on the scene writing a report with the parking garage manager when I arrive at my car that afternoon. I went to get in my Volvo and move it but before I got in it, I noticed that the parking brake was still on as I had left it that morning. I showed this to both witnesses prior to getting in my Volvo, they both were already aware the parking brake was on. The police were called and arrived on the scene but didn't do a report since no one was injured per their policy. I made an appointment to take my Volvo to the dealership to have the parking brake checked. The next morning I called Volvo corporate critical care department and expressed my safety concern about my Volvo. I was instructed to take my Volvo to get checked out and I informed her that I had an appointment for November 21, 2005. I was told a specialist would look the car over. When I picked my car up on November 21st I was told that the specialist looked at my Volvo and the parking brake had needed to be adjusted to manufacturer's specifications because it was not in line with specifications.

- Parkville , MD, USA

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