2008 Pontiac G5 brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Pontiac G5 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Pontiac G5 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 062012


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Pontiac G5. While driving approximately 20 mph, another vehicle crashed into the driver side of the vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to respond. The driver sustained a neck and head injury that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Lorena, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 122013


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac G5. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the brake failed to engage as the steering wheel seized. The contact proceeded to lose control of the vehicle and crashed into another vehicle. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The brake system was cleaned however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was contacted and denied any assistance with the brake failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 71,000. Kmj updated 10/17/13

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032011

G5 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Purchased Pontiac 2008 G5 coupe brand new in 2008. In 2011 I was informed by a coworker that I was driving into work with my brake lights on all the way. He also mentioned that when it looked like I tried to apply the brakes I would have no brake lights on at all. It seemed that my brake lights worked in reverse. This was an intermittent electronic problem that was hard for the dealership to replicate. Eventually, they replaced the brake light switch. However, no one ever stopped to mention to me that my Pontiac G5 2008 was still having the problem. In 2012 once again a different co worker informed me of the same problem as they traveled behind me into work. The dealership decided that they installed an defected brake light switch and replaced it. A year later the same problem in 2013 by another co worker that my brake lights stay on and when I apply my brakes I have no brake lights at all. I have scheduled another appointment to get another brake light switch installed again for March 19, 2013. This is a serious safety issue that needs to be addressed along with a recall it also seems to show up in Pontiac G6 as well. I don't want to be blinding people with my brake lights or confusing them especially in bad weather. The Pontiac G5 should be able to have a operating feature such as brake lights when brakes are being applied. I do not wish to be killed in an accident or cause one because of this issue, my brake lights should be working properly so that people behind me know that I'm slowing down or stopping before they rear end me. It seems that replacing the brake light which may not be helping at all. By human nature not to many people will put forth the extra effort to confront an individual to inform them that there vehicle has a malfunction they just want to go about there own busy schedules so who knows how long this brake light issue has really been going on.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

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