2003 Honda Odyssey - front three-quarter viewAccording to two separate reports in The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is launching investigations into 550,000 Pontiac G6 (pictured above) and 320,000 Honda Odyssey (pictured right) models. The G6 models are all from the 2005 to 2007 model years, while the Odyssey minivans are from the 2003 and 2004 model years. The two NHTSA probes are not related.

In the case of the G6, this is an upgrade to an original investigation that started in February after NHTSA received "hundreds of reports" that the brake lights on these cars may malfunction. According to The Detroit News, the lights may come on when the brake pedal is not depressed, and likewise, the brake lights may not illuminate when the pedal has been pushed. General Motors was able to provide NHTSA with a significant number of warranty claims, including 1,100 reports that could potentially relate to this problem, one of which indicates a vehicle crash.

For Honda, the NHTSA probe concerns airbags that may deploy unexpectedly. The government agency received six complaints from 2003-04 Odyssey owners saying that the front airbags suddenly went off without a crash. The Detroit News reports that three of the six owners sustained injuries from these incidents. Additionally, NHTSA has received 41 complaints from owners saying the vehicle's airbag warning light had illuminated.

Both of these vehicles may face recalls pending the outcome of these investigations. You can read the full G6 report here, and the Odyssey report here.


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      SAMAH2
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have a 2002 honda oddessy and i got 110 k miles and i rebuilt trans twice. i know a lot of people with the same problem
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        @SAMAH2
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      cherylhunt2
      • 2 Years Ago
      they sure don't make cars like they use to back in the day! nothing but recalls all the time these days!
        CarolynWallace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cherylhunt2
        Agree with you...I have a 95 Honda Civic stick and I cannot believe what a great car this has been....They sure do not make them like they use to.....And I bought it used when I got it......Never replaced the clutch yet and just minor things over the years....One great automobile
      sistahdavis
      • 2 Years Ago
      We owned a 2003 Odyssey EX. Two hours after parking it,, we discovered that the interior was smoked filled and the front door on the drivers side and drivers seat was burned extensively. Reports in any number is appreciated and should be investigated.
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM with headlight or brake light issues? You don't say? G6 coupe also wins the ugly car award, nipping on the heals of the Aztek.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m_2012
        I was never a huge fan of the G6 but it's not even remotely close to looking like a failed abortion the way the Aztek did.
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        @m_2012
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        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m_2012
        Spell check and lack of edit is a no joke. And G6 COUPE is the ugly one, the sedan is decent looking. It has that WAY out of proportion rear.
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          @m_2012
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        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m_2012
        Look at all the fanboi GM down votes knowing GM has one of the worst track records for lights of them all. That's like saying Chryslers have good brakes or Ford 3.8's have strong head gaskets.
      morphiss7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man is this govt out of frigging control or what ???? Im sick of this. I hope Honda tells them to GTH. They aren't looking to help the public,only to get a salary. Unbelievable
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @morphiss7
        I bet if an airbag blew up in your face or hurt your loved one without a crash you would be singing a different tune.
      Don Schnickelfelter
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just another government shake down of Honda and GM/Pontiac. Apparently they did not pay the Fed enough money to stay on the approved list.
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      sjpxmas
      • 2 Years Ago
      what does it take to have a car built right,,,, its just unbelivable after 100 years the car makers still come up with , excuses.....i these jokers worked for me i would fire them,,,no excuses,,,
        Barry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sjpxmas
        that would solve it, zero production and zero problems. they all enjoy recalls too much y'know.
      Jared Montgomery
      • 2 Years Ago
      Six complaints out of 320,000 vehicles. While I think the issue is serious, that is such a small number. I'm no Honda loyalist, but this seems a little silly.
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        @Jared Montgomery
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      sjpxmas
      • 2 Years Ago
      100 years of making cars, and they still can't make cars right,, no excuses , you can't fix stupid
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      Eric Grez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm, I have a 2005 G6 that I got back in 2009 and the only issue I have had is the damn sunroof. The sunroof leaks into the rear of the interior. I've had the drainage tubes fixed many times but they keep coming undone. That and the lifters in the engine but I think that one is my fault.
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        @Eric Grez
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