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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,266 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.

2002 Pontiac Montana lights problems

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2002 Pontiac Montana Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 082009


  • 96,000 miles


The brake light on my vehicle does not work all the time. I have had people almost hit me because of this.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 152006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake light stops working on rear driver's side, this has happened three times in less than a year so far. The bulb itself does not burn out but the plastic on the bulb melts on the one side covering the wires. We still have all the bulbs that we replaced if needed for viewing.

- Lupton, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 152006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,124 miles
: the contact stated the rear brake lights burned out continuously, and were replaced 20 times. The vehicle was not inspected by a mechanic.

- Avon, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 012005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Rear brake lights began working intermittently, then failed altogether.

- Clinton Twp., MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 182006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
There are 2 main safety concerns with my 2002 Pontiac Montana thunder minivan. First, the rear driver's side brake light has gone out. Even with replacement of bulb and fuse, the brake light will not work. From researching on the internet, this seems to be a design defect and a common problem. This is a major safety issue!!! second, the rear windshield wiper does not work. Again, this seems to be a common 2002 Pontiac Montana problem, and again, is a safety concern.

- Coupeville, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 102006

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Corrosion inside tail lamp assembly has caused both rear brake lights to fail. Only center brake light bar is functional.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 182005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Back tail/brake lights allow water to run into them causing loss of brake lights in rain.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 022005

Montana 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Stop lamp bulbs are shorting out at connector to sockets. This has happened three times so far. Twice on the left side and once on the right side. The result is a melted base on oem bulbs with plastic bases and an inoerable brake light. Frequent failures of stop lamps creates a safety hazard. So far I have replaced three bulbs, cleaned and filed the contacts, applied dielectric grease, and used bulbs with glass bases. One of the plastic base bulbs is available for inspection. There was no indication of contamination from moisture or other sources. Vehicle has not been driven in cold climate or high humidity conditions.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

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