Listen up, GM owners–240,000 vehicles have just been recalled by the carmaker. The safety recall affects a range of popular makes and models, including Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC.
According to a release published on its website, GM says that the issue lies in a faulty rear brake system that, if left unfixed, could increase the risk of a car crash.
This is actually an engineering issue that can be felt by the driver, as the defective pistons have weakened the rear brake system, which leaves a “soft or spongy feel” when the brake is depressed. The carmaker is concerned that this sensation can lead to a loss of vehicle control and cause accidents.
Although the blame has been shifted onto the manufacturer of the pistons, it is GM’s responsibility to fix the problem on all cars equipped with these parts. Currently, this recall includes 210,628 vehicles purchased in the United States and 19,385 vehicles purchased in Canada.
Here is a list of the 2018-2019 cars that are under recall:
- Buick LaCrosse
- Cadillac XTS
- GMC Terrain
- Chevrolet Bolt EV
- Chevrolet Cruze
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chevrolet Volt
To determine if yours must have its brake issues fixed, the carmaker instructs you to visit the recalls section on its website. Once there, you can enter your vehicle’s VIN number to double-check that your make/model is included. After receiving the confirmation, you can then call your nearest GM dealer and they will tell you how to proceed.
Apparently, the same brake manufacturer that sold the faulty pistons to GM, is also a supplier for Volkswagon, BMW, and Audi as well, which means this recall could inform others to come. Be vigilant and make sure you check with your local car dealer!
What are your thoughts on this GM brake recall? Do you own one of the cars? If so, have you noticed any issues with the rear brakes?