Government safety officials have initiated an investigation into problems with an estimated 500,000 Pontiac G6 sedans, after reports of brake lights malfunctioning during operation, which may increase the risk of accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reviewing brake light issues with Pontiac G6 vehicles from the 2005 through 2008 model year.
At least 212 consumer complaints of the brake lights not operating properly on Pontiac G6 sedans have been received by the NHTSA, according to a report by the New York Daily News. The problems suggest that the Pontiac brake lights may illuminate at times when the brake pedal is not depressed, and that the lights may not illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed in.
A malfunctioning brake light can pose an increased risk of auto accidents, especially at high speeds, due to the fact that there is no indicator to the drivers of any trailing vehicles that the malfunctioning car is braking or slowing. This could lead to a rear-end accident and potentially serious injuries, such as ruptured spinal column, whiplash, bruising, and broken bones.
A previous investigation for the Pontiac G6 cars was performed in 2008 involving reports of brake light failure, which resulted in a recall of 8,012 G6 models from 2005 through 2007.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is undergoing an investigation to analyze the scope, frequency, and consequences of the faulty brake lights. Consumers with malfunctioning brake lights for the Pontiac G6 sedans are encouraged to report the issue to NHTSA toll free at 1-888-327-4236 or visit their website for additional information at www.nhtsa.gov.