NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,621 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.

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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 042016

Grand Prix

  • 130,000 miles


The traction control feature is unsafe. When it comes on it causes the wheels to lock, prevents braking, and proper steering. This always happens in the rain. It has in the snow and even when it is dry. Once pulling into a parking space the wheels locked causing me to slide into the vehicle parked in front of me. When it happened in the snow it caused me to lose control and slide across the entire intersection luckily no other vehicles were present. And yes, I know how to drive in the snow. I was only going about 15 mph and lightly tapped the breaks at the stop sign. When I remember to turn the button off after starting the vehicle it does not happen but sometimes it is hard to remember since it is automatically activated when the car is started. The times this has occurred I was either turning on coming to a stop and speed does not seem to make a difference. It has happened on a city streets, freeways, parking lots, neighborhood stop signs, and driveways. This has been randomly happening the entire 5 years I have owned the car.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 272013

Grand Prix

  • 118,000 miles
My car started having very erratic shifting, and revving.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 162014

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • miles
Lease vehicle from drivetime temple Texas, complained several times as car stalled while in drive putting my life in danger as car wouldn't stop and it rolled once into traffic as a semi truck swerved to miss me, and once off the highway coming to a stop light I had to turn vehicle with all my might to miss a car with a family two children in the car, because I was unable to pay for the tow, diagnostics, and maintenance plus their payment due to this situation I lost the car, my job apartment and drivetime refused to reimburse me or fkx the problem, they have been warned about this recall and possibly trying to resell the vehicle that is still registered to me to someone else, they kept my trade in and all the money I invested in the car, having to get a lawyer to look into this situation.

- Mcgregor, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 312013

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • 105 miles
Shortly after I got onto I 270 dublin, Ohio, suddenly the car started swirling and went from the 5th lane ended up in the ditch. The crash was very hard but the air bag did not come out. The axle was damaged and the car was a total damage. No one could figure why this happened or how. I did not get ticket for this accident because there was no speed involved and amazingly did not hit anyone and the result of this I lost my car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

May 072012

Grand Prix

  • 85,000 miles
The issue that my Pontiac Grand Prix is having is that its the ABS/ traction control system stays on and is hazard when it is working. I have taken the vehicle to be serviced to check the hub bearing and system the bearings were changed and the service light turned off. When the service light is off the vehicle traction control light flash when the vehicle is turning even at speeds 3mph! when the traction light flash I do not have control of my braking system bc the pedal pushes back against me, and in some cases there is a rubbing feeling when the car is put in drive. I noticed that this issue is not only for the Pontiac, but it seems to be an issue with maybe all w-body frames. I drove a 2011 Chevy Impala as a rental and it did the same thing where the traction light would flash when the vehicle is making a full turn then the light would go off with a light brake delay. The same issue was recent (June 2013) on a 2013 Chevy. Impala where if I make full turn the traction light flash. Let me also say that this issue was noticed on "dry pavement" not wet surfaces or snow, and ice. Im reporting this because im not sure how many others may experience this problem but I feel it may be serious especially with the brakes not working when the car is turning.

- Farmington, MI, USA

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