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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,930 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.

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 062015

Grand Am

  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle failed to stop. The contact rear ended another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained chest and left knee injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent lot. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #6

Sep 042012

Grand Am

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph uphill when the vehicle increased acceleration without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The engine rpms began rapidly increased simultaneously with the failure. The vehicle came to a stop when the brake pedal was engaged. The failure recurred intermittently and progressed over a matter of weeks. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #5

Sep 032012

Grand Am

  • 240,000 miles
My car has a security device that when driving will completely shut down the car and I have to drive on I26 to get to work this is a major interstate what happens when im driving this car and it shuts down in front of a big truck and I cant steer it because the power and electrical control has completely quit. This is a death trap waiting to happen Pontiac or GM should really recall this I had to replace my complete coolant system and fuel system only to be told its the cars anti-theft deterrent security device it is a just a matter of time before someone is hurt or even worse by this defective device. How many complaints do we have to make to get this part recalled and fixed? it's too late when your dead to make a recall.

- Wildwood , FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 092004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


: the contact stated while parked, the ABS light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership three times to replace the bearings, which had the speed sensors attached. On the forth visit, the ABS problem reoccurred. Other components affected were the cruise control and the traction control. The manufacturer was contacted, and provided no resolution. The contact expressed concern because the defects represented a risk to safety.

- Hanging Rock, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 012002

Grand Am

  • 15,500 miles
First the speed sensor malfunctioned. Then, the speed sensor hub malfunctioned within one year time limit. These sensors had an effect on the anti lock braking system which did not work when sensors failed. Cruise control will not work because it made the brake light come on. Took vehicle in to see what was wrong. Dealer did not solve the problem.

- Cameron, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 282003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Accelerator sticks while driving, especially in hot weather. The only way to brake is to manually pull up accelerator with your foot. Dealer says it is the throttle body needing to be cleaned. It has been cleaned several times and things never clear up the problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 082003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,008 miles
When almost stopped while pressing down on brake pedal, car lunches forward and engine slightly revs up before stopping. Have almost put car into garage door may of times when this happens. Also when making a hard turn on dry pavement from a stop, a loud bang or growling noise comes from transaxle.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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