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GM Accused Of Slow Reaction Addressing Brake Issues

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(WLNS) - General Motors is being accused of acting too slowly, to recall vehicles.

This time for brake problems that the company reportedly knew about 5 years ago.

Documents show GM recalled the Pontiac G6 back in 2009 and are just now calling back more than 2 million others cars with the same system.

This delayed recall has left cars with potential safety problems on the roads for years without GM warning drivers and officials say the faulty brake system has already caused 13 accidents and two injuries.

aAcording to documents filed Thursday GM recalled about 8,000 G6s from the 2005 and 2006 model years because brake lights might not work when drivers stepped on the pedal.

But the company failed to recall newer G6s or the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura until 3 weeks ago.

GM says dealers were made aware of the problem, but car owners weren't told directly.

As a result a major safety problem went uncorrected for 4 years.

A General Motors spokesman says the company has changed its criteria for recalling cars.

They now issue recalls based on the severity of a safety problem rather than the number of warranty claims

or complaints they receive.

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