Regulators may expand recall of Pontiac G6
By Tom Krisher
U.S. safety regulators are looking at expanding a small recall of Pontiac G6 midsize cars so it includes up to 550,000 vehicles.
About 8,000 of the cars were recalled by General Motors in 2009 because the brake lights and cruise control didn't work properly.
But the recall affected only cars made in January 2005. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website that it's studying whether all G6s from the 2005-09 model years should be added to the recall.
The safety agency says it has received 212 complaints from consumers that brake lights won't come on when the pedal is pressed, or the lights come on for no reason. Some of the complaints also say the cruise control disengages for no reason, or it may not work at all.
No crashes or injuries have been reported, and GM says it is cooperating with the probe.
In the 2009 recall, GM traced the problem to corrosion in a wiring connector. Dealers were to fix it by putting a lubricant on the connector.
But NHTSA said Friday that complaints persisted from people with G6s from additional model years