NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,400 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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1998 Acura CL engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Acura CL Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 212009


  • 83,000 miles


Runaway car: I backed out of a business parking space and barely tapped on the accelerator to move forward. I know I hardly touched the accelerator because I was goinig to make an immediate turn onto a side streeet with a stop sign. As soon as I tapped the gas pedal, the car went forward with full power. My foot went to the brake instantly but the brakes did nothing. My niece and I flew across the side street, through a foot high concrete barrier (breaking it), a hedge then in another business's parking lot where the car came to an instant stop. The airbags deployed and it was over. We were never so scared in our lives. We stopped just sort of going into a street full of traffic. The insurance company wouldn't believe what happened because Acura's are not listed with any recalls. My floor mats were not in because I just had the car detailed so they were damp. There was no mix up re the brake and acceerator petals because I moved my foot to another petal. I don't know if the accerator was down all the way, there was no time to see as I was busy trying to stop the car. It is my belief this is an electronic problem.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052004

CL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
While driving on an open stretch of highway, my 1998 Acura 3.0cl began accelerating without me pushing down on the accelerator pedal. The car reached a speed of 95 mph, and I could not stop it with the brakes, they were completely useless. I had to slam the transmission into park to make the car slow down. When the car began to slow down to 60 mph I used the emergency brake to bring it to a stop. The engine was wound up at this point due to the accelerator still being stuck. I shut the engine off. I am returning this car to Acura and may begin legal proceedings at this point.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 182003

(reported on)


  • miles
While backing out of a parking space consumer's vehicle suddenly lurched forward hitting another vehicle and pedestrians. No warning.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 282000


  • miles
When pulling oout car will hesistate. Consumer states engine revs very high at low speeds.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 161999

(reported on)


  • miles
When almost coming to a complete stop vehicle will intermittently accelerate, cause unknown.

- Rayland, OH, USA

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