NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,286 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.

2006 Buick LaCrosse brakes problems

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2006 Buick LaCrosse Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012013


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving various speeds, the contact had to pump the brake pedal several times in order for the vehicle to stop. The ABS and traction control warning indicators illuminated. Also, the instrument panel failed to remain illuminated in order for the contact to view necessary information while driving. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle received the aftermarket seat covering indicated in NHTSA campaign number: 06V417000 (air bags). The vehicle was not included in the recall for the covering to be replaced despite the manufacturer assuring them it was the same material used. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the hub needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle had not received a second repair for the ABS and instrument panel. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Mt Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 012016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving 30 mph, the front driver side wheel began to make an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the lug nuts and the control arm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. In addition, while at a stop and attempting to make a left turn, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The ABS and electronic stability control warning indicators illuminated. The contact sustained back, right arm, and right leg injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an auto body repair center for body repairs, but was not diagnosed or repaired for the failure. After the vehicle was repaired for the crash, the gear shifter was shifted into the drive position and the vehicle began to roll backwards. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign numbers: 06V417000 (air bags) and 14V355000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 052016


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Buick Lacrosse. While driving approximately 45 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but became stiff and caused a delay in stopping distance. In addition, the ABS, traction control, and brake warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the cause failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 012009

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • miles


For years, the car has had "electrical gremlins". there might be times we drive it and nothing happens out of the ordinary except the ses light is on because of the top listed problem, but then there are times (more times than not) that just the car moving, sometimes when hitting a bump, sometimes worse when raining/wet roads that the dinger will go off and the dash will reset and will say "service brake system? along with a few of the dash lights lighting up for a few seconds with the message. Sometimes when it happens then it will also say ?traction control off? which might say it for just a few seconds and there have been times it said it until I shut the car off and restarted it. There have also been times that the red ABS light has stayed illuminated on the dash after this happens. Sometimes this might happen ?service brake system" only like once on an outing, but then there's times that it can occur 5 times in 20 seconds. It has no set schedule. The problem with it also, is that if you have the brakes applied when it does this, then the brake pedal starts pulsing and goes further to the floor and the braking capability of the car is lessened. My wife and I have had a few close accidents because of this! and like usual, the dealership has told us everytime we've called them that if we bring it in, they can diagnose it on our dime because of no warranty even though it was doing it while under the warranty period, we just didn't get them called in time because I thought the warranty was already over but it wasn't yet.

- Weldon, IA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012009

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • miles
Steering knuckle- was replaced once years ago under warranty but is now starting to make noise again consistently worse for the last 1-2 years.for months now, we've noticed that occasionally the car will act weird. The throttle will be less responsive and it will almost act like it's missing on a couple cylinders or so, but it has never set a code for it. The shift points are raised and you have to drastically give it more throttle to get the car to accelerate, but when it does, it kinda like surges and then it shifts harder. Once it is in road gear and cruising, the car surges while at a constant speed, it can be felt that the car surges and doesn't remain totally smooth and consistent like it should. An engine restart usually stops it for that time. We have the same sporadic problem and have had for years on our '98 olds Eighty-Eight with a 3800 engine also. Both cars are now doing the exact same thing occasionally, are 8 model years apart, both have the 3800 engine but one is a series II engine and the other is a series III. We just noticed the past few months that the car is starting to make front end noises like the front stabilizer bar is broke, so I looked at it recently and noticed that the left side of it where it connects to the lower control arm is stress fractured in half.

- Weldon, IA, USA

problem #2

Mar 052012

LaCrosse 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Steering is almost impossible to turn at low speeds such as turning into a parking space. Occurs all the time. Applying the brake may play a part.

- Abilene, UT, USA

problem #1

Sep 112009


  • 25,000 miles
I have had problems with my ABS and traction control, I contacted GM on the matter and they told me they dont cover the braking system, I do consider this to be a safety hasserd, as my brake pedal jumps when I apply the brakes, id like to get satisfaction on this issue.

- Galion, OH, USA

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