NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights Problems


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2 miles

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada lights problems

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2002 Oldsmobile Bravada Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 102008

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The terminal of the replacement (eiko) tail brake light melted in the socket. The brake light on my 2002 olds Bravada went out several days ago. When I replaced the bulb, I noticed it was not burnt out but loose in the socket. I could not get it to fit properly in the socket so decided to replace it. When I pull the bulb out I found that the terminal was melted. I feel this is a severe fire risk. I don't feel confident allowing my wife to drive the vehicle. I have digital pictures of the bulb in question as well as the bulb itself. I did also have the recall pertaining to this : NHTSA campaign id number : 04V527000 completed on the vehicle.

- North Branch, MN, USA

problem #3

Jun 082005

Bravada 4WD

  • miles
Potential defect regarding the brake light on the 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada.

- Bedminster, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 102004


  • miles
I am the owner of a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. There is a defect in the tail/stop light assembly that causes the bulb to burn out. GM sent me a letter saying that they would repair the defect for 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. My car is not quite 3 years old, but hs 114,000 + miles. GM refuses to repair this defect free of charge due to the mileage. I beleve this is a safety related problem, and they should be responsible. If it were only a burned out bulb, I realize that it would be my responsibility. The dealer tells me that if they just replace the bulb, it will continue to fail. Thank you for your assistance.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 212001

Bravada 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Consumer has had multiple, reoccuring problems with new vehicle since first purchased in October 2001. Car has been returned to dealer more than 12 times in 18 months and has placed significant burden on the owner. Vehicle now has new major mechanical problems with both the engine and transmission. Although the vehicle is still under warranty, the large number of persistent problems classifies this vehicle as unreliable and, more importantly, unsafe. Owner has contacted dealer regarding a replacement vehicle (lemon law), however the dealership has directed the owner to the maker company (GM/Oldsmobile). The maker has responded by insisting that the warranty was designed for such problems and they have referred the owner back to the dealer for continual repairs. In other words, neither the maker nor their representative dealer is willing to assist the owner in resolving the situation. The dealership has since closed due to owner retirement, as well. More than five complaints have been issued to the maker from the owner by either phone, electronically or mail without any positive feeback from the maker or any attempt to rectify the situation. Note: The incident date listed here is simply the purchase date - all incidents have been continous and on going since date of purchase. 2 windshield wiper failures repaired under warranty 1st at 3,973 miles 2nd at 11,660 miles.

- Washington, DC, USA

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