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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Tail Lights Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 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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1998 Pontiac Firebird lights problems

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1998 Pontiac Firebird Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012001

Firebird 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


: the contact stated water was seeping into the right rear taillight from rain corroding the reflective materials in the tail light, which diminished the illumination. The service dealer was notified. The manufacturer was not alerted. Updated 12/1/2006 -

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 082001

Firebird 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear tail light has a design flaw. It allows moisture inside the tail light and has caused problems with numerous replacement bulbs and a build-up of moisture. I feel if this continues, it will eventually damage the entire electrical system. The inside of the tail light cover appears very dark, almost as if the tail light bulb is burned out, therefore causing law enforcement to follow and watch my every move on some instances.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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