NHTSA investigates possible GM recall for brake light issue

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that they are investigating several GM vehicles for a possible faulty brake light issue. If it were to go to a GM recall, it would affect three of their brands, and over one million vehicles.

More specifically, the possible GM recall could affect the following vehicles:

2004 – 2011 Chevrolet Malibu (previous generation)

2007 – 2009 Saturn Aura (now defunct after the pending sale to Roger Penske fell through)

2005 – 2009 Pontiac G6 (also defunct after the reorganisation of GM)


The Malibus and Auras are currently under investigation because there have been reports from registered owners that the brake lights do not illuminate properly. In all, the NHTSA has received, and are reviewing 97 complaints from their respective owners.

The Pontiac G6s were subjected to a separate investigation back in February of this year, for possible malfunctioning of the brake light. In this investigation, the government agency stated that it had received about 212 complaints from owners.

In both investigations, there have been reports that the brake light does not illuminate whenever the driver depresses the brake pedal, and conversely, the brake light will light up, even if the brake pedal has not been pressed. Moreover, although the investigations were separate, these three vehicles share many internal components, although it has not been disclosed as to whether or not the same supplier was used for the potentially faulty brake light component.

Although once the investigation is complete, that a GM recall is possible, GM has gone on record to state that it might be a bit premature to discuss the specifics of a recall at this time. This could be the latest in a series of GM recalls this year, ranging from bad park lock cablestransmission software issuesloose steering wheelsdefective airbags, and potential fire hazards with their mild hybrid sedans. There was an issue with the oil life monitoring software that wasn’t programmed properly, but GM stated that they will reprogram the software as the vehicles come in for their next scheduled oil change/maintenance.

Hyundai also recalled their Sonatas earlier this year for a similar issue.


News Source: Autoweek

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