NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control: Accelerator Pedal Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,958 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Oldsmobile Silhouette Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 142005

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,500 miles


While pulling into a driveway accelerator pedal got stuck. Consumer had to slam down on the pedal to unstick the accelerator pedal. Consumer anticipated this problem may cause a vehicle crash. Dealer was notified via phone, but no inspection was made at this time.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #3

Sep 282004

Silhouette 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,334 miles
While driving the vehicle, the accelerator pedal became stuck and caused the vehicle to continue moving at speed even after the foot was removed from the pedal. The only symptom just before the incident was that the accelerator pedal had more resistance than normal when pressing it. Downshifting gears or shifting into neutral caused the engine to race at a high RPM. Had to constantly apply the brakes to stop the car and shut it off. The throttle cable was found to be broken and was replaced. The vehicle had the 60,000 routine maintenance preformed at the dealership within the past 3,000 miles. Oldsmobile customer assistance basically said that the throttle cable can break over time, and there is no issue. File # is 1-262177273.

- Libertyville, IL, USA

problem #2

May 092001


  • miles
While passing a truck, in a construction site, the accellerator pedal stuck. The van sped out of control over 80 mph, I was unable to slow van using brakes and manual gears. I turned the key off to stop the car.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 031998

(reported on)


  • miles
Driver is able to depress the brake and accelerator pedals simultaneously with his right foot.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

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