NHTSA — Parking Brake Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,800 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

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2004 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #2

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

problem #1

Jan 082009


  • 77,600 miles
Parking brake pad delaminated from shoe: Dislodged after driving over a bump in the road and became wedged into rear spindle causing wheel to lock up and resulted in major damage to brake and wheel components. 1 occurrence, required replacement of left rear rotor, backing plate, spindle, parking brake shoes (both sides) and parking brake cable.

- Etna, NH, USA

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