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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Tail Lights Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,667 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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2001 Pontiac Aztek lights problems

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2001 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 312005

(reported on)


  • miles


2001 Pontiac aztec front seats has a sharp piece of the seats frame sticking through. The finish on the tail lights peeled off.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Oct 282003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Bought the car new, since then: Had to replace electrical "memory" twice because the change oil light wouldn't reset and then the service engine light came on; the condenser leaked and the air conditioner wouldn't work; now, my gas gage goes up to full, then the low fuel light comes on, then it returns to full and vice versa. I have no idea how much gas is in the car! taking it in for repair on that issue tomorrow. The whole braking system is shaky - whenever I try to brake, if there is any kind of a bump in the road, the brakes don't grab properly and it takes way too long to stop. They checked my brakes and they are fine. Also having the dealer look at my tail light covers and roof brake light cover tomorrow, they are discolored as if acid is eating away the top part of the cover. Lastly, the "K" part of the "aztec" on the back window broke off while washing the car! and I only use a sponge!

- Clairton, PA, USA

problem #1

May 062003

Aztek 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Both rear tail light lens covers are discolored and are cracking on the top portion of the lens (egg shell type) it looks like spider web type. The cracking is spreading from top to bottom.

- Ozark, AL, USA

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