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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,934 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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2013 Chevrolet Spark lights problems

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2013 Chevrolet Spark Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 182013

Spark 4-cyl

  • 3,610 miles


The headlight remains on daytime running light, the driver gets the impression that the lights are on. But the rear lights remain off. One has to manually turn on the rear lights.. it is a safety hazard on a MINIsmall Spark car. As a safety on a small MINIcar. The rear lights must also be turned on as a daytime running light feature.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 182013

Spark 4-cyl

  • 9,600 miles
The steering wheel controls do not illuminate when you turn the lights on the car and makes it difficult to turn off/on the cruise control of the vehicle. You have to take your attention off the road to see the buttons at night.

- Chaparral, NM, USA

problem #5

Nov 052012


  • 25 miles
Buttons on steering wheel that work the cruise control, hands free phone, and radio controls do not light up when lights are on at night. This creates a dangerous situation as the buttons can not be seen in the dark. GM is aware of the situation and has repaired it in models built after October 25 2012, but will not fix it in the models built before then. When I purchased the vehicle in November of 2012, I was not informed of the change before the purchase, leading me to believe that GM and its dealers intentionally mislead me into buying a car that they had already deemed as having an unsafe feature or they would not have changed it.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 022012

Spark 4-cyl

  • 1 miles


Lack of button illumination lights for the cruise control, hands-free phone control and audio control on the steering wheel for night driving. The lack of illumination lights on these buttons creates potential safety issue when attempting to use the cruise control, phone call or audio functions from the steering wheel at night. This problem seems to be only for 2013 Spark models with production prior to October 2012.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 042013

Spark 4-cyl

  • 300 miles
This vehicle does not illuminate the steering wheel controls. With absolutely no ambient lighting, the interior of the car is extremely dark, and visibility of the controls is non existent. This presents a severe driving hazard, as there are no alternative controls for the cruise. In order to use the controls, you must take your eyes off of the road and blindly fumble, trying to determine which of the ten mounted controls you need to use, thus averting your attention from your surroundings, momentarily. Chevrolet is aware of this problem, as they started illuminating the Nov.12 builds, consequently neglecting a fix for the pre Nov. 13 builds. Of which I am one. I am not comfortable driving under these conditions after dark. An intervention is clearly needed here, as Chevrolet will not act, and even denies the fact that they did indeed perform the upgrade. Hopefully something will be done, before we orphans wind up paying the consequences.

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

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problem #2

Mar 022013

Spark 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
The steering wheel controls (cruise control, audio etc) do not illuminate. After some research, I have found that GM has remedied this issue with models manufactured after November 2012. This is a safety hazard at night because if I use my cruise control, I have to turn on my dome light to see what button to push. I complained to GM and was told that GM is simply not going to do anything about models manufactured prior to Nov 2012.

- Lone Grove, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 182012

Spark 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Chevrolet Spark. The contact stated the day time running lights were abnormally bright. In addition, the instrument panel lights were constantly illuminated and the contact was unable to determine when the exterior lights were illuminated or powered off. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the lighting system was performing as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 1,000...updated 02/01/13 the consumer stated that while the vehicle does work as designed, it is poorly designed. The vehicle's headlights are at a bright enough level for one to assume that all lights are on. Also, the instrument panel's lights are always lit which aides in the assumption that the vehicle has automatic headlights and tail lights. Updated 2/7/2013

- Waterloo, NY, USA

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