Although it’s normally referred to as an investigation, federal safety regulators have escalated the recall query involving approximately 551,511 Pontiac G6 sedans to an “engineering analysis”. The vehicles involved were produced for the 2005 to 2008 model years. If the regulators find probable cause, it could lead to another massive GM recall.
General Motors shuttered the Pontiac brand back in 2009, as part of a reorganization following their brief bankruptcy proceeding. Two other GM brands, Saturn and Hummer, were also shuttered as well. GM’s lone European brand Saab was sold to Dutch automaker Spyker the following year.
In 2008 alone, 52 percent of all Pontiacs sold in the United States were the aforementioned G6 sedans.
The query was upgraded for two reasons…the first was for malfunctioning brake lights. According to owner reports filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were complaints that the brake lights would not illuminate whenever the driver would depress the brake pedal. Conversely, there were also incidents that the brake lights would not light up, whenever the brake pedal was applied, whenever the vehicle would come to a complete stop.
The other issue is that owners stated that they were not able to shift the transmission out of Park, and that the cruise control would not function properly.
In all, the NHTSA received approximately 314 complaints from 2005-2008, and one accident occurred as a result of the possible malfunctions. There weren’t any injuries reported from the accident.
Also, GM has reported that there were over 1,100 warranty claims that may possibly be related to the aforementioned defects, and the reported accident was included.
If this results in another GM recall, owners will be instructed to contact their local GM dealers (any GM dealer will be able to service the vehicles in question), so that the proper repairs and/or replacements can be made. Owners may also contact them if they are experiencing any of the issues listed above.
Source: Chicago Tribune