- General Motors is recalling 2,440,524 cars for taillight problems, including the 2004-'12 Chevrolet Malibu and 2004-'07 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx.
- Also included in the recall are the 2005-'10 Pontiac G6 and 2007-'10 Saturn Aura.
- GM said it is aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries but no fatalities linked to the recall.
WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 2,440,524 cars for taillight problems, including the 2004-'12 Chevrolet Malibu and 2004-'07 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
GM said it is aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries but no fatalities linked to the recall.
The brake lights "may or may not randomly illuminate" in the recalled cars, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, increased resistance in the Body Control Module connection may result in voltage fluctuations in the Brake Apply Sensor circuit," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "These fluctuations can cause one or more of these conditions: the brake lights to illuminate without the brake pedal being pushed; the brake lights to not illuminate when the pedal is pushed; difficulty disengaging the cruise control; moving the gear shifter out of the 'Park' position without pushing the brake; and disablement of crash-avoidance features such as traction control, electronic stability control and panic-braking assist features.
"Any of the above failure conditions increases the risk of a crash."
The affected Malibus were built from May 16, 2003 through October 11, 2012. The affected Malibu Maxxs were built from June 25, 2003 through April 5, 2007 and the affected Auras were built from April 24, 2006 through May 26, 2009.
GM dealers will modify the brake lamp wiring harness. Specifically, dealers will attach the wiring harness to the Body Control Module with a spacer, apply dielectric lubricant to the BCM and harness connector and the Brake Apply Sensor and harness connector, and will relearn the brake pedal home position, NHTSA said.
"We do not have a mailing date yet," wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler in response to an Edmunds query.
Owners can contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these GM vehicles and are noticing a problem, take the car into your dealership immediately. It is unknown when the recall will begin at this point.