NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 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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1997 Buick Park Avenue engine problems

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1997 Buick Park Avenue Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 232010

Park Avenue

  • 155,000 miles


The contact owned a 1997 Buick Park Avenue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle began accelerating without driver intent. He then attempted to depress the brakes and there was a slight decrease in speed; however, the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact also heard an unusually loud popping sound and the vehicle began to accelerate at a higher rate of speed. The contact was forced to drive the vehicle into a grassy field to avoid a crash; however, the vehicle crashed into a tree at 90 mph. The vehicle was still attempting to accelerate after the crash occurred. The vehicle was destroyed. The driver and passenger sustained major injuries and were transported to the hospital via ambulance. A state trooper was called to the scene and a police report was filed. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was approximately 155,000.

- Jefferson City , MO, USA

problem #4

Sep 012000

Park Avenue

  • miles
Vehicle intermittently stalls/shuts off when using cruise control. Vehicle been in dealer shop on two occasions for different repairs on same problem, but problem still reoccurring.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #3

Dec 101999

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control intermittent failures, 14 repairs in six months. Mjs

- North Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 121998

Park Avenue

  • miles
Cruise control switch and module failed.

- Sepulveda, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 191999

(reported on)

Park Avenue

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cruise control activated automatically at 60mph, causing the vehicle to accelerate rapidly. Dealer has been notified.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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