NHTSA Launches Investigation of Defective Brake Lights in Pontiac G6 Cars
As many as 500,000 Pontiac G6 cars may have a brake light defect that increases the chances of a serious accident, according to an article in The New York Daily News. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently begun investigating the problem to see if a recall is necessary.
The NHTSA has received 212 complaints about brake light malfunctions in G6s belonging to model years 2005 through 2009. The complaints are similar to those made about earlier model years, which led to a recall in the past. The NHTSA is now looking at the model years in question to determine whether the brake light issue is a consistent one that requires a recall of all the vehicles in order to provide a proper fix.
According to the complaints, the brake lights may come on even if the brake pedal hasn’t been pushed, or they may not come on when the driver is braking. Both situations can increase the chances of an accident. When the brake lights don’t signal that the car is slowing down, a rear-end crash is much more likely. Rear-end accidents can cause whiplash and other serious injuries to those in the lead vehicle and injure those in the following vehicle.
Some of the complaints also state that the Pontiac’s cruise control will engage or disengage of its own accord. Investigators are also trying to determine whether a recall is needed for cruise control problems.
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