GM recalls 3.8 million cars in the USA over faulty brake

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 13, 2019

In a story published on September 11 about a General Motors recall of SUVs and pickup trucks, The Associated Press relied on incorrect information in a government document and reported erroneously which trucks were included.

Chevrolet Silverado - 1,773,650 Chevrolet Silverado trucks with model years between 2015 and 2017 are also part of the recall.

Facing pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling more than 3.4 million pickup trucks and SUVs nationwide that may have potential brake problems. It's not clear if there are more crashes or injuries related to the recall. Affected models include the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and their 1500, 2500 and 3500 variants from the 2014-2018 model years, and the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade from the 2015-2018 model years.

As the pumps in the power-assist brakes put out less vacuum power than is needed, "customers may experience increased brake pedal effort, hard brake pedal, and/or potentially increased stopping distance".

Earlier in June, GM recalled 310,000 vehicles in Canada for the same issue, but did not provide as explanation as to why the Canadian recall occurred over two months before cars in the U.S. were recalled. GM said the secondary system is, right now, limited at lower speeds.

The millions of trucks and SUVs have a brake issue that GM said resides in aging pumps in the brake system.

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigation the issue in November, GM has only been in contact with the NHTSA for several months on the issue.

The issue has resulted in 113 accidents and 13 injuries, although no fatalities have been reported, GM spokesperson Dan Flores tells CNN. GM recalled an additional 310,000 vehicles in Canada earlier this year for the same problem.

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