Failure of Instrument Panel Lighting Due to Faulty Panel Dimmer Module on Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The instrument panel and switch backlighting may fail due to a faulty dimmer control module. A failed module will require replacement.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 88,432 (750–245,000)
13 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, more2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
45 people reported this problem
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Dash lights are not working. Can't see speed and how much gas I have.
Still working on it but I beleive this is the problem. All fuses are fine everything works, exept the instrument lights.
Cannot see my speed because the odometer light is off. However, other lights on the panel are okay.
dash lights blink on and off
Lights on instrument panel just went out. Dimmer control switch won't work!
can't see speed or gas and dashboard does not light up except for the radio.
Panel light dimmers fails after initially starting vehicle in darkened areas sometimes fails during driving when panel should illuminate during dusk driving.
Can't see speed at night because there's no backlighting. Fuse seems OK.
Instrument panel lights keep going out
confirmed. It is the dimmer module.
Instrument panel started blinking on and off. No longer works, all gauges stopped for speedometer, gas gauge, etc.
Lights on dashboard aren't working
Half of gauge cluster lighting is out.
My dash , gear shift, and a/c knob lights don't work. But all fuses are ok
My dash does not display my speed fuel only thing that works on the dash is my radio section
Dimmer switch will not work. Instrument panel lights will flicker.
my dimmer sparked and smelled bad, haven't fixed it yet
Tach gauge and needles on all 3 gauges flicker intermittently
Brand new car, only had for two weeks and my instrument panel is out. Why is this still a recurring problem with these vehicles?
My dash lights won't go out when the car is turned off.