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NHTSA — Visibility: Defroster/Defogger System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,250 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Pontiac Bonneville accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1998 Pontiac Bonneville Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 102004

Bonneville 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,500 miles


I pushed the rear defroster button and about 5 seconds later there was this small pop noise and smoke started coming out of the dash. I pulled the car over and looked into the vent and saw a fire about 3 inches high. I got my children and myself out of the car ran to the nearest house and called the fire dept and by the time they got there (7 min later) the car was totally engulfed in flames. It was a total loss.

- Painted Post, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 032000

(reported on)


  • miles
Ventilation system is design so badly that outside fumes always enter inside of vehicle. Dealer stated that this was a normal ventilation system.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

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