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 U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website that it’s studying whether all G6s from the 2005 through 2009 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 from the problem, and GM says it is cooperating with the investigation.
Owners who suspect brake-light or cruise-control problems should take their cars to any Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac or GMC dealer. GM shut down the Pontiac brand in 2010 as part of its massive restructuring.