NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,981 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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2009 Saturn Vue engine problems

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2009 Saturn Vue Owner Comments

problem #4

May 062019


  • 54,225 miles


While in motion on a city street going up hill, the car was having a problem accelerating up hill. When going downhill, the car would stop, and the brakes would lock up. Have to use acceleration when going downhill in order for it to move. Finally when I made it home and parked there was a loud noise (like something was scraping against something). And then the service traction control light came on. When I got out the car, it smelled like burnt metal. When I googled this problem, it appears that a lot of Saturn Vue users have had the same issues and it appears as if the dealerships are not sure how to fix this problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 282015

Vue 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I was driving on the highway, cruising at 70 in the far left hand lane, and suddenly my vehicle speed dropped to 40 mph and error codes started flashing on the dash (decrease engine, engine, stability track system, traction control, and others I don't remember). With semi trucks and a high volume of traffic behind me and blowing their horns, I attempted to change lanes in an effort to pull over on the right shoulder as Georgia law states...but it would not accelerate and continued to decrease. It was by the grace of god that I did not get hit by the vehicles and semi trucks slamming on their brakes to avoid hitting me. I nearly missed the off ramp. Off on the exit ramp was not able to make the light so pulled over to right side. My car made a high pitched sound like it does when I really step on the gas, it was revving and now pulling forward. It continued to make this noise while I was at a stop light, not moving, tried putting it in neutral, park, nothing would make the revving stop. Finally, light turned green and the car jerked me forward but then would not accelerate again as I attempted to make it to the gas station off the exit. I pulled into the lot and again when I braked to put in reverse to park it started revving high and jerked forward again then backwards. I turned off the car and let sit 10 minutes. Turned it on, it would not go away the engine was in revving so high I thought it might blow. I turn the engine off and had the vehicle towed from 30+ miles away from home.

- Calhoun, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132014

Vue 6-cyl

  • 93,700 miles
Was on interstate with my 10 yr old daughter with me with cruise set at 75mph, lane was merging, so I accelerated to get past a semi to get over. Let up off gas and car kept accelerating faster. Hit brake and nothing happened. Car still kept accelerating. Turned off cruise and laid on brake but car still kept accelerating. Speed reached 110mph and cars were in front of me in all lanes. Finally put in neutral and engine revved up until finally a loud pop noise and it stopped accelerating. This is the 3rd time this has happened since I bought the car a couple of years ago. However this is the first time that I was unable to get it to stop accelerating. I was in fear for the life of my daughter and myself! I took it to the dealership and they were unable to duplicate issue. They recommended putting a new throttle body in and doing a full system flush which will cost around $800. I just had the transmission replaced a few months ago and work done to correct traction control, stabilitrak and ABS issue. I have done a search on the internet and have found other people with the same make and model car that have had the same complaint about the accelerator sticking and car speeding up on its own and not being able to stop it by braking. However the dealership service dept was unable to find any related recalls.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 252014


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Saturn Vue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the engine power reduced. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 140,000.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

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