NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Turn Signal: Flasher Unit Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,940 miles

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero lights problems

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2001 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2001 Oldsmobile Alero. The consumer complained about P emergency hazard light and right and left turn signals problems. Turn signals did not work. Contacted GMC., and checked consumer's VIN, then was told there was no recall on this car. Went to progressive website, the consumer's insurance company, and found recalls on 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. Consumer just purchased my vehicle a week ago. As I was on my way home with vehicle and turn signals would not work. Would like the dealership to fix this problem. This was a safety issue. Could be at fault if someone hit consumer's vehicle as it was turning because of the turn signals.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 272004

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,642 miles
The tires were defective. The tire pressure will not sustain. The tire pressure light stays on, and the consumer had to add air daily. The dealer refused to cooperate. The left front door body side was falling, the solder joints in the hazard warning flasher switch may crack, the coolant light had come on, there was an erratic sound when the ignition was first turned on, the driver window had a water leak, the left power window won't seal, the regulator was broken, and the key would get stuck in the ignition intermittently due to binding cylinder lock.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 212004

Alero 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased this vehicle 24 Oct 02, from a small car lot. On 25 Oct 02, my turn signals failed to work. I took it in to the car lot and they put a four-way flasher in it. On 26 Oct 02, it wouldn't start. I called the car salesman and he said since it was a Saturday, they couldn't do anything about it until Monday. After working on it for several hours, my father finally cleaned out the fuel line and got it started. On Nov 6 2002, my driver side window fell down into the door as I was attempting to roll it back up. I took it to the dealership the following day and they supposedly corrected the problem. On 24 Nov 02, I was driving down the interstate when all of a sudden the engine died and the "trac off" light came on. I had a roll back haul it in to a mechanic. I called the dealership and they said my one month/1,000 mi warranty had expired and they were not going to cover charges. The fuel pump was replaced at a cost of $600. In Mar 03, my car began vibrating when I applied the brakes. I took it to a local brake shop and they put a new set of rotors on my vehicle because the old ones (from the factory) were too thin to be resurfaced. In Jun 03, I took my vehicle back for the same problem and it was corrected in the same way, with new rotors. In May 04, my window fell back down into my door. My father glued the piece back on that had broken loose. On Jul 8 04, I took my vehicle to a local Oldsmobile dealership to have the brakes repaired. The rotors had to be resurfaced and new pads were installed. Also, on 21 Jul 04, I took my vehicle to the same dealership to have the windows repaired. They told me it would cost $600 to have them fixed because there was some piece that was shattered. I then took my car to a local wreck-repair shop and the guy fixed it free of charge. He said there was only a piece that had came unglued and that the passenger side didn't even need any repairs at all. I have definitely had the most problems with my car's windows.

- London, KY, USA

problem #3

Aug 152003

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles


Signal/hazard light failures, repeatedly. They work then they do not.they do not work, then they do work. This happens intermittently and seemingly with cause or condition everytime I drive, just turn the car on, with key in ignition. It does not matter the weather, the place, driving not driving.

- Pembroke, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 122003


  • miles
Consumer states that turn signal: Flasher unit is not working properly, particularly in rainy days. Dealer notified.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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problem #1

Jun 102003

(reported on)


  • 50,000 miles
Turning signal continuously fails to operate without warning. Cause unknown.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

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