1.5 million cars could be affected by possible recall
Texans by and large love to drive. Our state is large enough that having a car or truck is just about a necessity in a lot of areas. This means that when a type of car or truck is recalled due to a safety issues, it could affect a large number of people who live here.
This may be the case with an apparent auto defect among certain cars made by General Motors. A recall in 2009 involved roughly 8,000 model year 2005 Pontiac G6 vehicles on the road due to problems with the brake lights. A wiring issue can lead to the brake lights malfunctioning in one of two ways: either they don't come on when the brake pedal is pressed or the lights come on when the pedal isn't being pressed.
There were several other model years of G6 vehicles that were not included in the original recall. However, the government is considering adding more than half a million G6 vehicles sold between 2005 and 2009 to the recall list.
Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating to see if the same brake light issues are occurring in two other GM vehicles: the Chevrolet Malibu from 2004-2011 and the Saturn Aura from 2007-2009. Those vehicles have many of the same parts as the Pontiac G6. According to sales figures, more than 1.5 million of those vehicles were sold; however, if isn't clear how many of them would be affected if a new recall were announced.
People who think this issue may have contributed to an accident may wish to speak with an attorney who has experience dealing with cases that involve defective or dangerous products.
Source: USA Today, "Feds may add 1 million cars to GM recall," March 12, 2013