Feds Upgrade Probe Into 500,000 Pontiac G6s | Edmunds

Feds Upgrade Probe Into 500,000 Pontiac G6s


Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has upgraded an investigation into 551,511 2005-'08 Pontiac G6s that may have malfunctioning brake lights resulting in reversed operation.
  • The lights may activate without the driver depressing the brake pedal and/or turn off when the brake pedal is depressed.
  • Federal safety regulators say they have received 314 complaints about brake-light malfunction in the 2005-'08 Pontiac G6, including one alleging a vehicle crash.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded an investigation into 551,511 2005-'08 Pontiac G6s that may have malfunctioning brake lights resulting in reversed operation.

"The brake lights may malfunction, resulting in reversed operation," said NHTSA in its problem description. "The lights may activate without depressing the brake pedal and/or turn off when the brake pedal is depressed."

Federal safety regulators say they have received 314 complaints about brake-light malfunction in the 2005-'08 Pontiac G6, including one alleging a vehicle crash.

In addition, the driver may have difficulty shifting out of Park or the cruise control may not engage properly, NHTSA said.

There have been no reported injuries linked to the probe.

General Motors has submitted a "significant number of warranty claims and over 1,100 reports that potentially relate to the alleged problem," NHTSA noted.

Federal safety regulators opened a recall query on February 4, 2013 in response to consumer complaints about the brake lights on the 2005-'08 G6s. The recall query has been upgraded to an engineering analysis. Such a move sometimes, but not always, precedes a vehicle recall.

"We've been cooperating with the government and will continue to do so," said Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Monday regarding the upgraded investigation into the G6.

Edmunds says: There's not much consumers can do at this point as federal safety regulators continue their work. But if you are aware of a brake-light malfunction with your Pontiac G6, take it into the dealership. GM's Alan Adler says any GM service department can handle the repair.

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