All of the attention given lately to General Motors Co. has been on the defective ignition switch problems and that attention is certainly justified. But GM has other problems involving safety issues. For example, GM was aware of a brake light defect that has caused 13 crashes since 2008, but didn’t recall all 2.4 million affected vehicles until May 2014. The recall involves 2004-2012 Chevrolet Malibu, 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx, 2005-2010 Pontiac G6 and 2007-2010 Saturn Aura model cars in the U.S. The affected vehicles could have corrosion develop in the wiring harness for the body control module due to microvibration, which could result in brake lamps failing to illuminate when the brakes are applied or brake lamps illuminating when the brakes are not engaged.
Additionally, cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control and panic braking assist operation could be disabled. GM said it is aware of several hundred complaints, 13 crashes and two injuries. But the automaker says there have been no fatalities as a result of the condition. In a letter to NHTSA, the company said that in response to an investigation by the regulator, it issued a technical service bulletin in December 2008 recommending the application of dielectric grease to the certain parts of the vehicles. Then in January 2009, about 8,000 model year 2005-2006 G6 vehicles were recalled, but none of the other models were.
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