NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Accelerator Pedal Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,108 miles

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 182007

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,848 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero. While driving at any speed, the accelerator pedal sticks. The contact has taken the vehicle to the dealer twice, but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer performed the vehicle inspection twice when the weather was 50 degrees; however, the pedal would stick when the weather was much warmer. NHTSA campaign id number 04V528000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) was referenced. The contact would like the recall repair performed on his vehicle. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 51,848.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 172006

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 30 mph the vehicle accelerated without warning. The vehicle crashed into a curb and a flower pot before it was stopped by turning off the engine. Upon inspection, it was noticed that the accelerator pedal was stuck and fully depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where for repair. There is a NHTSA recall # 04V528000 which was performed on the vehicle concerning, the vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal however, the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership would not offer a second repair without charge.

- Milton, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 082005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,700 miles
I was driving my 2003 Oldsmobile Alero home from work on June 8, 2005 when all of the sudden it started accelerating on it's own. My foot was not even on the accelerator! then when I tried to stop my car didn't want to stop. I had to throw the car into neutral in order to prevent my car from running into the car in front of me. I pulled over onto a side road and put my car in park and the engine kept racing. I tried turning the car off, I tried switching from drive to neutral to park. Nothing worked. I started driving again to see if it would stop and after a few minutes my car returned to normal. I took my car to the dealership where it was purchased and when I called to see if they were finished fixing my car I was told they could not find anything wrong; so my boss and I took it into our own hands. We found out there was a recall on 2003 Oldsmobile Alero where in hot ambient conditions (it was about 90 degrees that day) the accelerator pedal arm may stick at the attachment to the bracket and not return to the engine idle position when the operator lifts his foot from the accelerator pedal. I brought the report we found with me to the dealership, but he refused to help. He said he could not fix it under the warranty because there was not a recall on my specific VIN number. He also could not fix it under the warranty because they could not duplicate the problem. I left and called Oldsmobile directly. There were just as helpful as miller Subaru dealership. I was told I could get a second opinion from another GM dealership, but it won't get fixed unless the problem is duplicated. I know my specific car was not recalled. However, the problem must be more wide spread then they originally thought since I actually had the problem when my car wasn't recalled. I would like to prevent this from happening again and possibly causing an accident and/or injury, but Oldsmobile and miller Subaru have been totally uncooperative thus far.

- Oaklyn, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,885 miles
When I drive down the highway the acceleator hangs up on my Oldsmobile Alero. The engin revs up and the brakes barley stops the car. When you put the car in park it revs up and when you put it in drive it just takes off still revved.

- Ninety Six, SC, USA

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