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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Hazard Flashing Warning Lights: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,983 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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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix lights problems

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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 152007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles


Brake lights and the tail lights don't work and can't use my hazards. I found recalls for this situation on other GM vehicles but for some reason not the 2002 Grand Prix. I have come across several other people with the same problem and I'm shocked that this was deemed not an issue. This is wide spread and the multi-function switch is not cheap. Please research this issue again.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #5

Aug 302007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Brake lights not working and was almost rear ended. Hazard switch is stuck. After checking online this appears to be a very common problem related to the multi-function switch. It appears that GM is waiting for a few fatalities to occur before taking any action!!

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 102007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,500 miles
Brake lights fail to work when they are applied. The hazard switch was defective and the part cost $602.53 from the dealership.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 232007

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,400 miles


My wife and I own a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix gtp. On the evening of 23 February 2007, my wife was followed into our driveway by a charles county sheriff (md). The sheriff informed my wife that he had followed her home to let her know that she had no brake lights. I checked the bulbs and fuses the next morning. They were all fine. I did some research online and found that numerous other Pontiac Grand Prix and Grand Am owners have had the same problem. Everyone seemed to have the same problem with their hazard blinker switch not working because it became stuck (which had also occurred to me about a week prior to 23 Feb 2007). They all reported that the problem was a faulty multi-function switch. I called the dealership (winegardner Pontiac/GM) and explained to the service dept what was happening. They told me it was the multi-function switch and that it would cost about $450 for the part and $200 for the labor. They told me that it's a common problem. My car only has 67,000 miles on it (just out of warranty) and that it wouldn't be covered. I took my car to an auto shop about a week later and had it replaced at a cheaper cost. This is a serious problem. My wife drives through DC and brake lights are an absolute necessity for the safety of everyone in the car. The driver is absolutely oblivious to the fact if the brake lights go out because of a broken hazard switch. During my research it seems as if the hazard gets stuck due to an excessive amount of grease and it can not be pried loose. I believe a recall needs to be issued because of the safety issues that are involved with such a part going bad. I could understand it being only the concern of the owner if it was something else, but since it's a safety issue and lives are at stake something should be done. I did contact GM/Pontiac customer service. They gave me a case number, but they seemed to act as if nothing would be done.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

Grand Prix

  • miles
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. After engaging hazard warning switch to on, then to off, brake lights fail to work. Have to wiggle hazard switch to get brakes working again. All brake lights go out after hazard switch is turned off. Faulty turn signal-hazard switch module. Uncertain if brake lights are working unless constant checking. Have to continue to wiggle hazard switch button to get them to function again. Very dangerous.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 202006

Grand Prix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
People kept tail gaiting me and I finally realized that my brake lights do not work - the source of the malfunction is the steering column hazard switch has fused and does not work.

- Jeffersonville, IN, USA

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