Brake Lamps May Stay Illuminated; Tire Pressure Warning Light May Come On Too Late
Electrical & Lights, May 21, 2009
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Our Quick Take:
The brake lights of the vehicle turn on as normal because the brake pedal contacts a switch called a brake light switch. On some vehicles, this switch may be incorrectly programmed to allow the brake lights to stay on continually. Secondly, each tire has a sensor in it that actively measures the air pressure that the tire contains. When this pressure becomes too low, the tire pressure warning light comes on. In some cases, the threshold of when the warning illuminates is too low.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall; this would change to high if any problems are noted with the brake lights or a tire pressure warning light. Please contact your General Motors dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The brake lights may stay illuminated. The tire pressure warning light may come on only after a tire has lost an excessive amount of air. Ineffective brake lights could cause an accident. Erroneous tire pressure warnings could allow tire pressure to get dangerously low. Dealers will reprogram the brake position sensor and the remote door lock receiver. The GM recall numbers are 09101 and 09046. This recall began on June 5, 2009.
Mfr's Report Date:
May 21, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected:
GM IS RECALLING 35,038 MY 2008-2009 PONTIAC G8 VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT" AND FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLES SAFETY STANDARD NO. 138, "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEMS". THE BRAKE PEDAL POSITION SWITCH MAY HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY PROGRAMMED. WITH THIS CONDITION, THE BRAKE LAMPS MAY BE CONTINUALLY ILLUMINATED AND FAIL TO WARN A FOLLOWING DRIVER WHEN THE VEHICLE IS BRAKING. ALSO CERTAIN VEHICLES MAY HAVE INCORRECT VALUES PROGRAMMED INTO THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM THAT WILL NOT ILLUMINATE THE LOW TIRE PRESSURE TELLTALE UNTIL TIRE PRESSURE FALLS BELOW VALUES REQUIRED BY THE STANDARD.
INAPPROPRIATE, NON-STANDARD LIGHTS COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH OR DRIVING ON A SIGNIFICANTLY UNDER-INFLATED TIRE CAUSES THE TIRE TO OVERHEAT AND CAN LEAD TO TIRE FAILURE.
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE BRAKE POSITION SENSOR AND THE REMOTE CONTROL DOOR LOCK RECEIVER WITH THE CORRECT VALUES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JUNE 5, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
GM RECALL NO. 09101 & 09046.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration