Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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NHTSA — Visibility: Defroster/Defogger System: Rear Window Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,700 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.

2003 Pontiac Grand Am accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 062003

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles


I rented a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am on Feb. 04, 2003. It was very cold, at night, and snowing heavily. I turned on the rear defogger. It failed to clear the rear window, and I turned it on again after noticing that it had turned off. About 30 seconds later the rear window exploded; there was no projectile found. My wife, who was with me when it happened, and I believe it has to be a factory defect, and we should not be held responsible, yet we are being charged by budget, who was charged by the dealer, for the repair.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

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