NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,025 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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2007 Pontiac Torrent brakes problems

brakes problem

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2007 Pontiac Torrent Owner Comments

problem #4

May 162014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, when engaging the brakes the vehicle would shake violently and there was an increase in stopping distance. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rotors, brake pads and brake fluid needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 212013


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Torrent. The contact stated while driving 25 mph, the brake applied independently. The contact had to put her foot underneath the brake pedal in order to engage the brake pedal and stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection.the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

May 112013


  • 74,100 miles
My vehicle's brakes began to lock as I was driving down the interstate at 70 mph. This happened when I tapped the brakes to turn off the cruise control. It happened again on the interstate 2 days later in stop-and-go traffic - brakes lock while the vehicle is moving. Let off the gas and it stops itself with very bad shaking. This is a very serious problem. It has happened every day since under stop-and-start conditions and it gets worse and worse until the brakes are completely locked. Vehicle will not move once brakes lock unless it is turned off for approximately 30 minutes. "service traction control" light comes on after this happens. ABS sensor has been replaced for $700 to no avail. In addition, I see a recall for the gas tank. I also had that problem about a year ago - gas was leaking from my tank, but since I live in Louisiana the recall does not apply to my vehicle. That was a $1000 repair, but that's better than it catching on fire, I suppose.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #1

Apr 292013

Torrent 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving my stabitrak light came on causing all tires to lock up. I was unable to steer vehicle safely, steering wheel was nearly impossible to turn. All 4 brakes locked up and loud grinding noise could be heard. Vehicle top speed dropped abruptly to 11 mph while traveling on busy interstate. Vehicle started jumping forward and wheels/tires would not turn. I was able to pull vehicle off interstate, to a safe location, within a couple minutes, by using emergency brake, and found brakes and rotors were on fire with flames visable and tires were smoking heavily. The dash light were blinking "service stabitrak" and "traction control off." This incident caused significant damage to my vehicle. This vehicle has not been in any accidents and is used soley on paved roads. There a several hundred other online complaints from owners of same vehicle, with same problem.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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