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


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,296 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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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 132007

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. While driving 45 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The contact stated that her foot was not on the accelerator pedal when the speed increased to 45 mph. A mechanic inspected the vehicle and could not find any failures other than the accelerator pedal sticking. The current and failure mileages were 102,000.

- Plainfield, CT, USA

problem #8

Jul 012004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal failed to return to the engine idle position when she removed her foot. The failure only occurred in hot weather. The dealer inspected the vehicle, but was unable to duplicate the failure. Recall number 04V528000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) was found. The manufacturer refused to repair the vehicle under the recall because the dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The speed was unknown. The current mileage was 58,000 and failure mileage was 15,000. Updated 02/01/08.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 282006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
I own a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am GT1 VIN number[xxx]and the accelerator pedal sticks in hot weather and I found a recall for this problem, however I never received a notice because I am the second owner of this car. I contacted a dealer and was told the VIN does not fall into the category of cars affected, so I called GM twice. The first person told me it did and the second told me it didn't. it has the same symptoms regardless of VIN and is dangerous in traffic because it will not throttle down. The car had about 25,000 miles on it when I noticed this problem because my wife drove it for the most part, but said she had also noticed it prior. The car is unsafe in hot weather for our driving conditions here in Maryland, and I want GM to cover the repair because the car is well taken care of and it's a factory defect just like on the other Grand Am's. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #6

Aug 112006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,653 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the accelerator pedal stuck and was difficult to depress. A NHTSA recall, #04V528000 was performed on the vehicle concerning, the accelerator pedal however, the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership did not offer a second repair under the recall. The manufacturer was contacted.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 192006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Accelerator pedal sticks in hot weather. Manual intervention required to pull accelerator pedal back up. Recall available on same model of vehicle released in Nov 11 2004, but this VIN is not on that recall. Have had accelerator pedal looked at once already no problems with accelerator pedal reported by dealer.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #4

Aug 222005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,007 miles
On hot days after my vehicle sits in the sun, the gas pedal sticks. On one day my car was in park running at 7000 RPM's. I called two different dealerships that told me this was not possible and my car was not covered in the recall for this exact problem. The third dealership finally acknowledged I was not safe in this vehicle and the service manager stayed late to wait for me (with a mechanic) to look at my car. Once they looked at my car it was determined that this was the problem.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 202005

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


The vehicle is a 2003 Pontiac grand aim GT. When the consumer was driving at 60 mph the vehicle would not slow down. It was like the gas pedal was stuck the consumer put it in park to stop the vehicle from going any faster. The vehicle was still running even though it was in park. This has occurred on 3 separate ocassions. The consumer was driving between 40-60 mph when each event occurred. When the consumer went to two different dealerships they told her they could not find the problem because they could not find the code. The consumer found that there was a recall number NHTSA campaign I.D. no. 04V528000; GM recall no. 04092. When she contacted the manufacturer they told her that her VIN number was not included in the recall. She filed a complaint with them complaint number 1-351-1304107. As of now this is the only known problem with the vehicle. There were no accidents as of yet.

- Covenington, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 072005

Grand Am 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I have a Pontiac Grand Am 2003 model. There was a recall on my car for the accelerator pedal and I had my car fixed. I had the recall fixed and about a week later I had a car accident in which my car would not stop due to the the accelerator contiuing to accelerate and my brake not allowing me to stop. My air bags deployed, my wind shield shattered, my front left tire blew, everything under neath my car was damaged. Thankfully no one was hurt but I have had a claim with GM and I was told yesterday that they are denying my claim. When I was asked to see the report they refused saying it was property of GM and I did not have the right to see it. To me I feel that I do considering that it is there fault this happened because there was a recall on this and I feel I should have some proof on there reasoning for saying that they are not going to cover the damages and to make sure it is not going to happen again. For all of the people with 2003 Grand Am be careful and make sure this does not happen to you because it may be worse the next time for someone else.

- Flatwoods, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 282004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA 04V528000 on the fmvsss 124 accelerator pedal arm. The dealer refused to replaced the accelerator pedal. The mechanic claims that the accelerator pedal is not defective. The consumer noticed that the accelerator pedal sticks in warm weather only.

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

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