Feds Open Probe Into 550,000 Pontiac G6s for Brake-Light Problem


  • 2008 Pontiac G6 Picture

    2008 Pontiac G6 Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into an estimated 550,000 2005-'08 Pontiac G6s for a brake-light problem. | February 12, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into an estimated 550,000 2005-'08 Pontiac G6s for a brake-light problem.
  • NHTSA said the brake lights may activate without depressing the brake pedal and/or turn off when the brake pedal is depressed.
  • General Motors told Edmunds on Tuesday it is cooperating with the agency.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a probe into an estimated 550,000 2005-'08 Pontiac G6s for a brake-light problem.

NHTSA said the brake lights may activate without depressing the brake pedal and/or turn off when the brake pedal is depressed.

General Motors told Edmunds on Tuesday it is cooperating with the agency.

The probe will look into whether GM should have included the vehicles in an earlier recall. GM earlier recalled 8,012 2005-'06 G6s for a brake-light problem. NHTSA now says it has 212 complaints from consumers of brake-light problems in 2005-'08 G6s.

"Complainants allege that the brake lights illuminate when the brake pedal has not been depressed or the lights do not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed," said NHTSA in a posting on its Web site. "In addition, the cruise control may not engage or will disengage unintentionally. Brake lights that are not operating properly may not warn a driver in a following vehicle of the braking status, which could lead to a crash."

NHTSA said it has no reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the probe. Such an action on the part of federal safety regulators is sometimes the precursor to a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: There is no new recall of the 2005-'08 Pontiac G6 at this point. Consumers will just have to wait until NHTSA releases the results of its probe.

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