NHTSA — Visibility Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,945 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Pontiac Aztek windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Pontiac Aztek Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012009


  • 47,890 miles


1. failure occurs when the windshield wipers are activated (inclement weather, windshield washer). 2. the wipers bind together and lock up on the way back to rest position. The binding happens frequently, and this incident is approximately the third time this has happened on this vehicle. There is constant risk the wipers could bind at any time during wiper operation. Consequences include loss of forward visibility which could result in an accident, vehicle fire due to motor burning out while wipers are stuck (motor tries to move wipers to rest position even when wipers are switched off), or personal injury or death if struck while getting out of the vehicle at the side of the interstate in heavy rain or snow to unbind the wipers. 3. corrective action: The driver must immediately stop the vehicle on the side of the interstate in heavy rain or snow and get out of the vehicle to manually unbind the wipers to restore forward visibility and to remove risk of vehicle fire due to windshield wiper motor burnout. Wipers were replaced at the dealer, but incident recurred. Wipers were replaced again at auto part store and correct blade sizes were verified to be correct, but incident recurred.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102009


  • miles
I live in a small town and there are 5 Pontiac Aztek and Buick counterparts and all five of us have at least one mirror missing--just the glass part. What is the deal? the cheapest I have found is 71$ to replace and I find that appalling since I am on social security disability and the car payment/insurance is enough but to have to replace things like a mirror which has just simply fallen out is out of the question.

- Churubusco, IN, USA

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