2011 Cadillac CTS engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,089 miles

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2011 Cadillac CTS Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 192016


  • 55,000 miles


Vehicle enters a mode at random that abruptly reduces and inhibits or stops the ability to accelerate. In certain situations this can cause dangerous conditions that can lead to accidents. As in my case, I was inmost struck by several vehicles because of the loss of acceleration and forward momentum as I initiated a turn at an intersection from one major artery onto another during rush hour traffic driving conditions. This hazardous and dangerous situation would not have existed of not for the sudden loss of power and acceleration by the vehicle entering this mode. On another instance at highway speed while attempting to change lanes to overtake a vehicle, the car entered this same mode, and was also almost struck because of the sudden deceleration and loss of power. This also occurred on a main artery in rush hour traffic as well, an accident was avoided in this instance as well due to the other vehicles ability to brake and veer away.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 212015

CTS 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
On 21 Feb. While driving approximately 75 mph, a warning light came on indicating "service stability track control, engine power will be reduced. I suddenly lost power and luckily, the 18 wheeler that was behind me swerved to other lane to avoid rear end collision. I immediately put on my hazard indicator and was able to coast to the median. Luckily, I was not killed!. on searching, I have found this to be a common complaint that the manufacturer is well aware of but refuses to correct the issue...there are numerous complaints all over the internet regarding near death experiences because of this similar issue. What is it going to take, a death?

- W. Columbia, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 272014


  • 27,000 miles
When getting onto the highway 2 miles from my home every morning, I accelarate from 45 miles an hour to about 65 and 70 miles an hour. Car starts shaking violently (feels like you are driving with 2 front flat tires) and engine light comes on. Most of the time it flashes for about 30 seconds and then goes off, and sometimes engine light comes on and stays on for about 30 seconds. Car loses power momentarily for about 30 seconds. I took car to the dealership the following day, and they found nothing wrong. I took the car to the dealer about 6 weeks later on April 27th 2014 when the problem was happening on a daily basis every morning only. Dealership kept car for 2 days and said they resolved problem. Exactly 2 days later same thing happened. Problem continues to this day but not on a daily basis. Not sure if that has something to do with the weather now that it is no longer winter. I will be making my third trip to the dealership in the next week for this same issue :shaking car, engine light on and momentary loss of acceleration power.

- Cockeysville, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 232014

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,932 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the driver's foot slipped off the accelerator pedal. The failure also occurred with the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who indicated that the pedal was equipped with a rubber resistance and could not be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 18,932. Updated 9/29/14

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 172012

CTS 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,100 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while attempting to reverse out of a parking space, the vehicle would not go into gear. The contact mentioned that once it did the vehicle lunged forward and crash into the side of a building. No injuries were reported and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 2,100...updated 12/11/12 the consumer stated the when the vehicle lunged forward it ran into the front of the lobby's glass wall. The consumer then put the vehicle into neutral, then reverse, and backed up. Upon putting the vehicle in drive it accelerated again and ran into the front of the building. The consumer's foot was on the brake at all times.the consumer turned the ignition off, restarted the vehicle and it proceeded to act normal. The dealer stated that the computer showed the accident did not happen the way the consumer stated. The consumer is attempting to obtain video recordings of the accident. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 12/12/12

- Riviera Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 072011


  • 10,500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Cadillac Cts. The contact was driving 35 mph when the accelerator was applied but the vehicle abnormally accelerated at a rapid pace. The brakes were applied but the vehicle did not respond until the contact merged onto the shoulder and turned the ignition off. The vehicle was restarted within moments but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who inspected the vehicle and found no defect. The manufacturer was contacted who stated he should take the vehicle to the dealer again for further inspection of the failure. A complaint was filed with the manufacturer but they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 10,500.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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