NHTSA — Communications: Horn Assembly Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,250 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #4

May 162008


  • 48,000 miles


Horn of the car did not work after service for replacement of flasher unit. No trauma or injury to car. Inspection of car, it was found to be cracked steering wheel at the base and it damaged the horn ring. We were told that we could not drive the car until fixed as unsafe to drive. The dealer stated they had only ever seen 1 other such case in 37 years of service. Car must have had a defective steering wheel which may have caused an accident, injury or death.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 262006

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Horn may or may not sound when button depressed. Problem is random. I have inspected fuse, swapped horn relay with a known good unit of same amperage, and checked connection at the horn itself. Button for horn in center of steering wheel is apparently the problem. Horn sounds roughly half the time when button depressed.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #2

May 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Several problems on the 2001 Oldsmobile Alero that other owners seem to be having as well. Turn signals went out/ gas gauge went out/ coolant gasket broke, and horn would sound randomly (had to eventually pull the fuse).

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 132002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that he has to take one hand off the steering wheel to blow the horn, consumer feels this is unsafe. Consumer states that the alarm is acting erratic, on one occasion it would not shut off.

- Ozone Park, NY, USA

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