NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems

2007 Cadillac CTS (Page 1 of 2)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,724 miles

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2007 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jan 092015


  • miles


I am the owner of this 2007 GM product. I took my car to frankel Cadillac 1/09/15, invoice number 60596 and I was never notified that there were recommended recalls on my vehicle. On that date there were some problems related to the wiring on the ABS and ebtm and I denied the service to be done there because I was quoted a cost of over 2,500 dollars and I was informed that it might escalate to 3500 if an ABS pump needed to be replaced also. I later had the work done at young's located in woodlawn for a lot less. I now problems with the power train and the anti theft system and have the auto in gregg's repair, 5050 wabash ave. I also saw on line that the on star operation is able to release the anti theft mode. I have been quoted a price of 886 dollars plus change by gregg's Cadillac. I am able to drive the vehicle, but in order to get the key out, the battery has to be disconnected. I am perplexed that I was never notified about the recalls on this vehicle. With all of the noted problems I was in motion. I was stopped by the police for the brake light in the city and I was driving on the highway when the anti theft mode went into operation.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #24

Feb 012016


  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when it was depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000.

- El Dorado, CA, USA

problem #23

Jan 222016


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle independently surged at a high rate of speed while making a left turn to go into the oppposite direction. The contact applied extreme force to the brake pedal, but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed and crashed into a tree. The front driver and passenger side air bags deployed. The driver sustained head and neck injuries as well as pains to the right hand and arm. The crash caused an elevation in blood pressure that required medical treatment. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed, towed, and inspected by the insurance company's repair shop and the manufacturer who stated that there was no failure. The contact was unable to determine what caused the vehicle to surge at a high rate of speed. The brakes did not prevent the crash. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V394000 (electrical system) and 10V105000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #22

Jan 222016


  • miles


The contact owned a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While attempting to make a turn at approximately 15 mph, the vehicle independently veered to the right and unintentionally accelerated without warning. In addition, the vehicle experienced a loss of steering and the brake pedal was depressed, but failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a tree. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a neck injury and pain to the right knee and foot that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where it was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not provided.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 072015


  • miles
My 2007 Cadillac Cts has had problem after problem since I purchased it used at 60,000 miles!! I am now experiencing seriously dangerous & hazardous brake issues when parking &/or turning the wheel all the way!! the brakes pulsate & go to the floor but fail to stop!! the service brake light comes on & the ABS/tc light as well, but then will go off before I can make it to the dealer!! when I parked on a hill my car failed to stay parked & started to drift backwards down the hill so I had to jump in & hit the brakes manually!! also the passenger airbag light doesn't recognize when someone is in the passenger seat. The service airbag light would come on the dash & information center then now it is staying on at 90,000 miles. I contacted GMC about the brake issues & they told me there was no recalls for any brake issues!! I also asked about the recall for the airbag for my 2007 vehicle but they informed me it wasn't for my VIN # but it is having the same exact issues as the recall!! someone is going to get seriously injured due to these hazards!! GMC/Cadillac needs to step up & correct these issues before it is to late!! how many more people have to get injured, die, or complain before these issues are addressed!!! this is supposed to be a luxury car but it is more like a junk car death trap!!!!

- Turtle Creek, PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 272015


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the vehicle would start, but failed to shift into the accurate gear and the brake warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator and hoses needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #19

Jul 212015


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and pulsated while traveling to the floorboard. The steering sensor illuminated upon reversing. In addition, the stabilitrak sensor illuminated when making a left turn. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brakes needed to be replaced along with ABS sensors and the stabilitrak. In addition, the contact mentioned that the tires would wear out prematurely. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Cameron Park , CA, USA

problem #18

May 232014


  • 95,587 miles
Most often when driving at speeds 15 mph or less and doing a turn (such as parking or going through a drive through), you cannot push in the brake pedal and stop the vehicle. You have to to rapidly press and depress the brake pad until the brakes engage and stops the vehicle before hitting the vehicle in front of you or some other object. I have also experienced this during an emergency stop at highway speeds. The vehicle has been to the dealer for repair. They were supposed to have fixed the problem. $1000 later the same problem is present. Second issue with this vehicle, the anti-theft system periodically trips itself and the car cannot start for approximately 10 minutes.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #17

May 242015

CTS 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
While driving the car with two children inside it we approached a busy intersection and the brake pedal went all the way to the floor and the car did not even slow down. Pumping the brakes did not work either. We went right through the stop sign by swerving around other cars. Luckily there were no pedestrians crossing and thanks to other drivers being very alert there was no accident, but it was very close and terrifying. We allowed the car to coast to a stop and then had to push it to a side street to get out of the main roadway. The car still had a full reservoir of brake fluid (no fluid leaks) and had no brake system warning lights at all illuminating on the dash. Brake pad and rotors were only a month old. We are having the car towed to a Cadillac dealership today.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #16

Apr 242015

CTS 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
As I was backing out of a parking space and proceeded to drive forward and to come to a stop the brake pedal went straight to the floor I almost rear ended another vehicle as I hit the emergency brake in time to stop my question is there a recall for this as it never gave warning anything was wrong on the dash or otherwise.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #15

May 192013


  • 95,000 miles


Front brake line broke at junction between rubber portion of the line and the metal portion of the line, at a fitting that was covered by a rubber boot that allowed water to remain trapped, corroding the fitting. This occurred shortly after starting up, while travelling at 25mph towards a red light with a stopped car. The brake pedal fell to the floor rapidly, and a further pump of the brake did nothing to appreciably stop the car. There is a recall for this very issue that covers this make/model (2007 Cts-V), but GM states that my car was not affected. Furthermore, car was at the dealership three months prior for brake work.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #14

Dec 182014


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while making a right turn at approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into a light pole. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained a shoulder and neck injury that did not require medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #13

Sep 042014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated independently and the brakes failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle crashed into two different vehicles and landed into a ditch. A police report was filed and two of the occupants sustained injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and deemed totaled. The vehicle was not inspected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Blytheville, AR, USA

problem #12

Sep 172014


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Cadillac Cts. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle decelerated and stalled. The steering wheel seized and became difficult to turn. The brakes also became difficult to engage. Due to the failures, the contact crashed the vehicle into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. After the crash, the contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V394000 (ignition switch). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 132,000.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #11

Jul 142014

CTS 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I noticed that occasionally my car brakes would stop working a push back at me with a pulsing feeling when I was trying to stop. This happened to me 6-7 times intermittently when driving very slowly and turning, it wasn't something that I could re-create each time. Next I received an intermittent in-dash message that stated "service brake assist" that would come on for a few seconds then disappear. It didn't always appear when the brakes were not working. This would typically happen when parking in a parking space, slowly making a sharp turn. I actually hit concrete parking buffer one day because I couldn't stop. In taking my car to the dealer I was told the electronic brake control module needed to be replaced. And that the right front wheel and hub bearing needed to be replaced due to the ebcm. The cost was about $2000. I've researched this issues and am seeing many Cts owners with the same issue. I feel this needs to be addressed. The public needs to be notified that this is an issue with the vehicle. It is extremely scary to find out that your brakes are not working. I have two small children that travel with me often. Vehicle owners need to be aware of the brake issue with this vehicle and Cadillac needs to be responsible in fixing the problem and not waiting for people to bring in their cars until their brakes are not working. Brakes are a must have on a car and this is a public safety issue.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #10

Apr 122012

CTS 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
After purchase of my Cts, I noticed the brakes screeching and pulsing. I've had my brakes redone 3 times and I still have squeaking and pulsing issues. I took my car to a Cadillac dealer after they had charged me $600 for a brake pad only job to check my brakes as they were still pulsing when stopping on uneven pavement, and they kept if for a day and told me my brakes were fine even though they were still pulsing. They charged me $85 for looking at my brakes which was a rip off since I still have the problem. Air bags, I took my car in for the air bag recall repair. Within a year I have the same problem. They clearly are not fixing the problem. My Cadillac is beautiful but I fear it may cost me my life one day if Cadillac doesn't step up and expose these problems and make the repairs.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 082013


  • 127,435 miles
I was driving on I-75 in monroe, Michigan. When another vehicle ventured or steered into my lane, where my 2007 Cadillac Cts was cut off/bumped causing a frontal and back impact to the vehicle. The car bags did not deploy, the brakes did not stop the car and the ignition switch locked. According to the insurance company, the car was a total loss.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 112012

CTS 6-cyl

  • 44,253 miles
No brakes during slow right turn into a parking space. Brake pedal began to pulsate, car was not stopping as it should but stopped at a concrete barrier, the braking recovered. Problem first started on Jan. 2012. Took car to Cadillac of las vegas for diagnostics. Invoice no. 419185. Dealer was unable to recreate problem. The same problem recurred approximately one year later, 2013 but car has not been taken to dealership since due to other personal issues.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #7

Apr 012013

CTS 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I replaced my brake lines being many others with the Cts-V have had failure while driving. Once removed, my lines were starting to crumble apart under the rubber where the hose connects to the fitting, just as expected. There is a recall for the base Cts, but not for the Cts-V, eventhough they both use the exact same part number for the brake lines. Here is a photo of the part: [img]I1093.photobucket.com/albums/I424/sevilliansts/100_8187.jpg[/img].

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #6

Nov 102012

CTS 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Idn7-34821 I could not attach the pdf. November 2012 I was parallel parking and felt like my car slide before stopping. I had approximately 32,000 miles on it. About a week later I turned the wheel to park and again it felt like the car slid on something, the brakes made a noise, pulsated and didn't feel like they were going to stop. A day or so after that I went to park the car and this time the brakes pulsated, made a noise and would not stop. I was heading for a brick wall so I shifted the car into park. Each of these occurrences happened at speeds of approximately 5-10 mph when I went to park the car turning the wheel to the right. I took the car to the Cadillac dealer and they told me they didn't know of any recall, after checking the car they diagnosed it as a front wheel speed sensor electrical failure. They replaced the hub & charged me $725.70. 3 weeks ago (August 2013) I went to park my car and started to feel the same pulsing of the brakes and sliding of the vehicle.a day later I was pulling into a parking space with my daughter & the car slid and the brakes pulsated my daughter immediately asked what happened she felt it too. On 9/6/13 I took my car with 35,630 miles on it to a different Cadillac dealer they diagnosed it with several codes & replaced the electronic brake control module charging me $1,434.87. I picked the car up on 9/9/13 on 9/10/13 the same exact problem happened again. I emailed Cadillac customer assistance 9/10/13 [xxx] called me on 9/11/13 & said they would contact me when to take it back to the dealer. I drove the car 1 more time and the same thing happened pulling into my garage. 9/16/13 [xxx] called to see if the problem was fixed I told him I was still waiting to hear from someone to bring it in to be repaired again, he said the customer care specialist would call me within 24 hours & I have heard nothing. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Summit, NJ, USA

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