2008 Saturn Sky brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,370 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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2008 Saturn Sky brakes problems

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2008 Saturn Sky Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 262016


  • 27,900 miles


I started my 2008 Saturn Sky and while backing the car out of the garage I almost hit the garage because there is virtually no power assist on the brakes upon startup. I have seen that there si a tsb out on this for cars sitting extended periods of time. This car only sits overnight at most. This is not a one off event. If my wife or daughter were driving the car they would defiantly hit something because of their inability to apply enough pressure to the brake this could easily lead to an accident.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 052015


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Saturn Sky. While reversing down a hill, the brake pedal was depressed and started to shake without warning. The contact stated that the brakes failed and the vehicle rolled backwards and stopped at the bottom of the hill. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 34,000.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #6

Apr 022015


  • 11,800 miles
The 2008 Saturn Sky redline failed the Hawaii state safety check because the parking brake does not function. The dealer that did the safety check could not fix the parking brake.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #5

Mar 022009


  • 5,000 miles


Brakes/ vacuum does not function properly when starting the vehicle. Took it to GM for a few adjustments (which did not work) and they say that the car must be warmed up for 1 minute or more before driving. That is unacceptable living in warm weather climate. Why should I have to wait to drive a new car in order for the brakes to work and be safe. It's a safety issue and now I cannot let anyone drive my car, or go to a valet in fear that they will hit something or someone.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 192014

Sky 4-cyl

  • 35,600 miles
Brakes fail when the engine is cold which could cause an accident.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 052008

Sky 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
After first starting, the vehicle has no brakes. This issue occurred the first time I backed it out of the garage. The brakes were very soft and I had to keep pumping them. I contacted the dealer and they said that you have to let it warm up first. I took the car in and told them that this was unacceptable and could result in an accident. They made an adjustment to the brakes, however, they are very hard. This is a very serious problem and it needs to be addressed.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 162014

Sky 4-cyl

  • 56,607 miles
I bought this car (2008 Saturn Sky redline, automatic, build date 7/07) used from a personal owner on 3/15/2014 with 56,607 miles on it. After leaving it in my garage overnight I started the car and proceeded to drive out of my garage. At the end of my short driveway I applied the brake pedal to stop before I turned onto my street. The brake pedal did a series of pulsations and went almost to the floorboard without stopping the car. The car continued into the street before I could get it stopped. At first I thought I had a bad master cylinder or a brake fluid leak but as I continued on slowly I eventually got a full brake pedal and the car stopped every time as normal from then on. After getting home I researched my problem and found that many 2008 Sky redlines were experiencing the same problem. Evidently GM made a change on some of the 2008(only) redlines braking system by omitting a "vacuum assist pump" or something like that. GM changed the brake system back to include this pump in the 2009 model's. the brake problem on this car, and other 2008's, is extremely dangerous. I was not warned of this condition from the seller, which is not GM's fault, but these affected cars should be recalled and equipped with the regular braking system as on the 2007 or 2009 Sky redlines. I also found out that there was a sticker on the outside of the dash from GM on "some" of the new 2008 cars telling of this type of system and what to do....but it was just a sticker the new owner pulled off as it was not meant to be permanent. By placing these stickers on the new cars GM knew there was a negative, possibly fatal, aspect to this braking system. They did nothing to correct it on the affected cars but did change it the next model year because of owner complaints I'm sure.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 042012

Sky 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Brake failure. Hard brake pedal resulting in the brakes not holding the car at a stop. On July 4, 2012 while stopped at an intersection the brakes failed to hold the car inplace resulting in the car creeping into the center of the intersection into oncoming traffic. A Jeep with 6 people and an infant hit the right front side of the car and flipped over. The infant and 2 of the people in the Jeep are in the hospital. The accident happened on hwy. 84 in daleville, Alabama.

- Samson, AL, USA

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