NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,455 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 Cadillac STS brakes problems

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2006 Cadillac STS Owner Comments

problem #7

May 162008


  • 2,700 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Sts. While attempting to make a right turn onto a three lane highway from a completed stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact stated that the failure recurred on several occasions intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact stated that the failure recurred and the stabilitrack indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the stabilitrack would need to be serviced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,700.

- Helotes, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 042015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Cadillac Sts. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle lost power while the service stability warning light illuminated. The contact also stated that the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Amsterdam, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 242014


  • 85,000 miles
I was traveling through the countryside on my way home from work. My car suddenly stalled, I lost control of the vehicle and slammed into an on coming car in the other lane. This caused permanent traumatic brain injury as our airbags never deployed causing us to slam our heads off windshield and side door window.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 302013

STS 6-cyl

  • 78,142 miles


The engine shut off when I was driving on a side street at 20 mph, and also shut off 5 times as I was driving on the highway at 65 mph. The cluster panel turned off, but the radio stayed on. The odometer showed a message engine control module (ECM). I pulled over, put the car in park, and restarted the vehicle each time. The Cadillac dealership said that rear axle pinion seal was the only recall for my Sts, but I am experiencing NHTSA campaign number: 06V020000, and NHTSA campaign number: 06V007000 also.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 182010

STS 6-cyl

  • 53,393 miles
After purchasing a used 2006 Sts AWD from Cadillac NJ in December 2009, wife noticed while making right hand turns on smooth pavement, car seems to stall temporarily not allowing me to accelerate for a few seconds and message traction active is displayed. January 18, 2010, I brought the car back to dealership to complain. They said prob bad gas in lines. Put new gas in and gas treatment for water in tank. Did that, didn't help. February 1, 2010 I returned to dealership to complain it was still doing it on occasion. I asked if there were any complaints on this vehicle. Got a no response. May 2010 brought car back to dealership to complain. By this time my wife has refused to drive it for safety reasons (people think she is letting them into oncoming traffic when car slows down). Looked on internet and found other complaints. I was told GM engineering is aware of issue and are working on solution. Made complaint to GM in Sept 2010 was told software update will be ready in 2 months. After getting dodged for 2 1/2 more years, made second complaint to GM April 2012. GM executive stated I can use a rental due to the seriousness of the condition losing power while driving. They said it was fixed. A week later it started again. GM executive and service manager of Cadillac called to say that the car was designed that way. There is no fix on it. I told them the 2011 Sts rental I drove did not have any problem losing power while in a turn. They said it is a different system. I said "so there was a problem with the old system". I was let out of the door with an offer from GM exec's, $4,500 off price of a new car at their dealership. I asked, what about safety? I told them I own a car that my wife refuses to drive due to loss of power. I only drive car because my wife drives my truck. GM knows of this safety issue. Service said problems on 2006-07 Sts's. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 012012


  • 39,950 miles
Car lurched to left into oncoming lane, braking as it veered left. Had I been driving 70 on freeway, I believe there would have been a major accident.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 182006


  • 3,000 miles
Cadillac Sts.

- Dreieich-Germany, 00, USA

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