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

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero lights problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

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Jan 012010


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Blinker indicator on 2003 Oldsmobile Alero sporatically works, causing extreme danger when driving because it prevents driver from notifying other drivers on the road of lane changes, left/right hand turns, or vehicle problems when hazard lights are turned on but vehile fails to respond. 2003 Alero sporatically makes "click" noises such as when one uses the blinker, even though driver has not initiated blinker use and blinker indicator lights do not display on the outside of the vehicle. The "click" noise speed varies, sometimes every second, other times it "clicks" as if in a frenzy "click-A-click-A-click-A-click-a..." and so on. When blicker actually is put to use by driver, sometimes it operates as a blinker should, ie, staying on until either the turn is made or the driver manually returns the blinker indicator back to it's standard position, other times it will turn itself off prematurely, ie, while the driver is still waiting to turn, before steering wheel is turned - and blinker indicator remains in the "in use" position...blinking lights on the outside of the vehicle just stop working as if the driver turned the blinker off him/herself. Other times when blinker is used, nothing happens. No blinker indicator lights appear on outside of the vehicle to indicate to other drivers that a turn/lane change is attempting to be made. According to Oldsmobile customer service on 9/1/10, there is no recall for this defect for the 2003 Alero, although other late model Alero have had a recall issued for this same defect. See: NHTSA campaign id number: 03V327000. The only option at this point for 2003 Alero owners to prevent their vehicle from being a road hazard is to have a dealership fix the manufacturer defect at a cost of $120-$200 out of pocket, even though this is a known and common issue on late model Alero....or wait around for Oldsmobile to issue a recall for a vehicle 7+ yrs old at this point and fix for free as they should.

- Smithfield, RI, USA

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