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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Hazard Flashing Warning Lights: Unit Problems Seal Of This Might Hurt


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am lights problems

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2004 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012006

Grand Am

  • 50,000 miles


On my 04 Grand Am after using turn signal, clicking noise started coming from behind hazard signal and now sometimes a puff of smoke has started coming from the steering column with only 43K on car, replaced hazard switch, fixed for only 2 days then same problem, noticed complaints of same problem and this was a recall on earlier models, shouldn't this recall be extended?? please go to there are many complaints of the problem. More complaints from other owners. 2nd complaint of turn signal electrical problem. Result of defective multifunction switch also present in other years as well and other GM vehicles. In researching this problem I have found it is not a matter of if but when it will happen. Car was repaired 1/18/08. This is the description of the repair from the mechanic: Diagnose clicking noise in dash, remove dash face - check wiring, switches, tbs's and recalls. Problem caused by short in multi function switch that damaged flasher unit. R&R steering column covers and air bag to replace multi function switch, replace hazard lamp flasher unit. Part description: Multi function switch assembly (headlamps, wipers, turn signals, dimmer all in one unit.) hazard lamp/flasher unit assembly. Total cost $474.31. If you will refer back to 2000, GM recall NO03043 and 2001 GM recall NO03043 you will see they were recalled for the same thing! in addition to a possible crash due to the defective switch that you noted, you might want to add that 1) very distracting 2) if not repaired, the brake lights start to fail 3) steering assembly starts smoking. I hope something is done before someone dies. This safety issue needs to be addressed before some gets hurt or dies. I made Pontiac aware of condition with out resolve. Also the person whom I spoke to did not speak or understand english very well. Please help get this resolved.

- Covington, LA, USA

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