• May 22, 2009
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General Motors may have already buried its Pontiac division, but the brand's recent passing isn't stopping a posthumous recall campaign by the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The action, which covers some 35,038 Pontiac G8 sedans from the 2008 and 2009 model years, stems from two potential issues:

1) The brake pedal position switch may be incorrectly programmed, which NHTSA says could lead to the brake lamps operating in a constant state of illumination, leaving trailing motorists unable to tell whether the G8 driver ahead of them is stepping on the binders or not. The defective taillamps could therefore contribute to an accident.

2) In another programming issue, certain G8s make have tire pressure monitoring systems loaded with incorrect values, which could result in the system failing to identify under-inflated tires, potentially leading to reduced handling abilities and/or tire failure.

According to NHTSA, Pontiac dealers will reprogram the brake position sensor and the remote control door lock receiver to remedy both issues. G8 drivers can expect the recall to begin by June 5, and anxious owners can call GM at 1-800-620-7668 to learn more. Thanks for the tip, Peter!



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[Source: NHTSA]





PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
PONTIAC / G8 2008-2009

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date: MAY 20, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V172000 N/A

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 35038

Summary:

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.

Consequence:

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.

Remedy:

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.

Notes:

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 .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dealers? what dealers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm...I wonder if replacing the "REMOTE CONTROL DOOR LOCK RECEIVER" with the correct values is the right way in going about fixing the "TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM"?
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL I was thinking the same thing. Maybe that's how they wire tire pressure monitors down under.

        If the pressure is too low do the doors open?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Better words : car needs a firmware update, thatz easy to say. the problem is there is no automatic update like computers ( or say windows ).

      GM should plan net connectivity and regular firmware updates ( or even they should do with OnStar itself ) for new cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's a really good idea. unfortunately so many people are afraid of onstar doing anything to their car, that there could be public backlash

        "they's gonna track my drivin, limit my speed and take my guns!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the G8, I know it is a GM and I should not, but I do.
      I actually prefer it to the new Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current FWD Impala seems to be selling well and GM likely does not want to risk sales by replacing it with a rebadged G8. Perhaps they could badge it as a Caprice instead? Or as a Buick Roadmaster?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Att : Tankdog ... to answer your question, YES - Holden has taken a slamming for importing second rate rebadged Daewoo's into Australia while the competition from Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru, Hyunda, VW and even Ford are offering such superior products in comparison.

      Infact ... Holden undeniably has amoung poorest quality, most unreliable and lamest fleet / range on offer in Oz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess I'll be the "glass half full" guy today and just say that at least it wasn't any type of major mechanical issue, just some relatively minor programming errors.

      The the brake lights on all the time thing? I get that plenty down here in Florida. Many of our uhh, "senior" drivers tend to drive with two feet... riding the brake pedal means the lights stay on... all the time; generally along with one blinker, blinking for miles, and miles, and miles...
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL!!! That's messed up, Paul! But a good laugh!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Att : AngeloD ... your comment is nothing but absolute pure, utter rot.

      Passing a ridiculous comment stating that Toyota quality is below GM and industry leaders such as Ford is pure garbage at the very least.

      While i agree Toyota has endured an increase in recalls of late, Toyota / Lexus however undeniably remain consistantly and constantly amoung the highest quality, most reliable / dependable and troublefree motor vehilces on the market and not only is this common knowledge in the industry but virtually every Quality / Customer Satisfaction not just in the North American market but throughout the world including Europe and even Australia rank Toyota / Lexus either No.1 or amoung the highest scored / ranked automotive manufactuers of all.

      While i agree Ford and subsidaries have improved remarkedly over the last few years and no-doubt will continue to improve further, they still have not achieved the same global consistancy as Toyota while quite frankly GM and most associated subsidiaries generally rate averge or below.

      That said, if you believe otherwise then not only are you kidding yourself but quire frankly demonstrating your ignorance on the matter.

      To support my statement ... just research the numerous amounts of Quality / Customer Satisfaction Surveys that are published each year and not just in the North American market but throughout the world and i can 110% gaurantee that you will discover that Toyota / Lexus are infact the most consistant of all ... PERIOD !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The reason why they need to program the Door Lock reciever is because they combine the functionality of the vehicle security (Door Locks/Vehicle Immobilizer) and the tire pressure monitor in the same electronic module on some cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      kick'em while they're down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those who believe the G8 aka Holden Commodore is a quality car then i will inform you know that your impressions are completely and utterly WRONG !!

      While the Commodore has commendable dynamics and a roomy, comfortable interior - it however is undoubtedly amoung the poorest quality, most unreliable and troublesome cars that can be purchased in Australia and has always ranked extremely poorly and often towards the very bottom of any Quality / Customer Satisfaction Survey.

      Apart from that, Holden has yet to engineer a Commodore model that has had the dignity to age with grace but instead are notorious for suffering from an abundant of electrical gremlins, outright breakdowns, rattles, squeeks, fading interior / exterior, multiple fluid leaks not to mention literally fall apart.

      Take my advice - if you want a go fast yet a reliable car then the Commodore aka G8 is not the best choice unless you don't mind sticking your hand in your pocket to maintain it's servicability.

      The Commodore / G8 is an unreliable car as opposed to higher quality choices from reputable Japanese or European manufactuers or even from Ford for that matter.
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