The NHTSA Looks Into Faulty Brake Lights
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into roughly 550,000 Pontiac G6 cars, over reports of malfunctioning brake lights, which increase the risk of accidents. The NHTSA has received 212 complaints about faulty brake lights on model-year 2005 through 2009 G6s—this follows complaints of the same problem in earlier model Pontiacs, which led to a recall a few years ago. The NHTSA’s current investigation is limited to model years 2005 through 2008.
A spokesman for General Motors Co. said the automaker is working with the NHTSA in this investigation. In documents filed with the NHTSA, the consumers’ complaints say the brake lights on their cars light up when the brake pedal has not been depressed, and/or do not light up when the pedal has been depressed (both dangerous issues). In a separate issue, some Pontiac owners also reported their cruise control didn’t engage or disengaged unintentionally. NHTSA’s earlier investigation and recall into Pontiac happened in September 2008; 8,012 Pontiacs from model years 2005 and 2006 were eventually recalled. The current investigation will further examine the frequency, extent, and results of the brake light problem.
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