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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

1998 Saturn SL engine problems

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1998 Saturn SL Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 272001


  • miles


My mother and I were driving South on I-95, mile marker 277 (North of daytona) with the cruise control set for 72 miles per hour. I was in the right lane, and as I approached a car going slower, I applied the brakes to release the cruise control. It would not turn off, so I moved to the left lane and tried repeatedly to release it. I was about the hit the rear of the car infront of me, and it seemed like I was accelerating rather than decelerating. I could not slow down so went into the median strip, and still was unable to slow seemed I was unable to even depress the brake pedal. It seemed frozen. It was rough going, and I was afraid of going into the northbound lanes, so I steered the car to the right, and seemed to slide across the nearest lane into the side of a U-haul truck. The impact spun us around and we came to rest in the median strip.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 212001

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states cruise control failed.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #1

Dec 301997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Throttle: Sitting at a stop sign and pulled off and felt like it wasn't getting any gas. Put foot on gas pedal, and suddenly it stuck open and stayed. Had to put in neutral and turn car off and restart.

- Morrison, IL, USA

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