NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Pontiac Firebird engine problems

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1998 Pontiac Firebird Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 052005

Firebird 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Bought the car in Jan. Of 98, and didn't have any problems with it until 700 miles. That is when the gas pedal stuck for the first time. It went to the floor and I didn't have any control over it. Luckily I was on a rural road and shut the car off and it stopped. It happened 2 times after that, one time taking me 100 mph. The final time I was in heavy traffic and had no choice but to put it in neutral, which blew my motor and cost me 4000 to replace. I would appreciate some help because this is a life threating problem.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #4

Jun 082001


  • miles
While driving about 60 mph engine suddenly accelerated up to 80 mph. When stepped on brake pedal to reduce speed brakes did not work.

- W. Bridge Water, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142000


  • miles
Throttle pedal gets caught by floor mat when slammed to floor for fast acceleration. Floor mat does not have anything to prevent it from moving in front of pedal, at this point, vehicle stays accelerating.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

problem #2

May 101999

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiences sudden acceleration.

- Trenton, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 041998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 65 mph and without prior warning, vehicle accelerated between 120 mph and140 mph, causing the consumer to apply the brakes which didn't stop the vehicle. Consumer used the emergency brake, and the vehicle came to a complete stop.

- Clinton, GA, USA

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