NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,326 miles

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2003 Buick Regal lights problems

lights problem

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2003 Buick Regal Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 052004

Regal 6-cyl

  • 45,352 miles


At night if the high beam lights are on, and I meet a vehicle while moving through a right curve, the dimmer switch cannot be activated because it hits the back of the steering wheel. Since this occurs almost every time I drive at night to go home, I'm afraid it could blind another driver and cause an accident. I have gotten bad reactions from other drivers when I can't dim the lights and meet them on the road. (I don't want to be the victim of road rage.) I have experienced this problem since I bought the vehicle in 2004. The switch broke a few years back and it was replaced, but the new one still had the same problem. The dealership said that was the only model of switch in his catalog. It has a design flaw. It the turn signal handle was designed to be push away from the steering wheel instead of pulling it toward the steering wheel, there would be no problem.

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 012011

Regal 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,300 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Buick Regal. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised the contact that the multi function switch experienced an internal short. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 29,300. Updated 02/15/12

- Chilton, WI, USA

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