Car defects contribute to a surprising number of car accidents. A vehicle needs to work as expected, otherwise a motorist can quickly lose control and crash, especially when brakes are defective.
From USA Today comes news that General Motors is recalling around 3.4 million vehicles because of brake problems. That is a very high number. According to the article, the brake pump put out much less power than is required, which means that vehicles take longer to stop than most drivers realize. GM started notifying owners in early September to take their vehicles to have the pump recalibrated.
Pressure Brought by the Federal Government
GM apparently was not anxious to issue the recall but did so under pressure from the federal National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency received over 100 complaints about the brakes being poor, and there were 9 reports of crashes that left 2 people injured. The complaints spurred NHTSA to investigate, which lead to the discovery of the pump problem.
According to GM, the problem is rare and will happen only at low speeds, such as when pulling out of a parking lot spot. GM tried to argue that the brakes still work and exceed federal safety standards even with the pump problem, but NHTSA nevertheless ordered the recall.
Based on the investigation, the government found what caused the problem. Oil from the engine lubricates the vacuum pump, but oil can become clogged in a filter screen. Without sufficient oil, the pump’s output falls. There is a secondary power brake system that can kick win when there is a problem with the first. However, this secondary system is less powerful when travelling at lower speeds.
You should have received notification if your vehicle is subject to the recall. Also, you might receive a notification on your dashboard to have your brake system serviced if you hit the brakes when going at low speeds. This notification refers to the pump problem that is the subject of the recall.
Among the vehicles covered include:
- Chevrolet Silverado from 2014 to 2018 model years
- GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks (2014-2018)
- Cadillac Escalade (2015 to 2017)
- GMC Yukon (2015 to 2018)
- Chevy Suburban and Tahoe (2015 to 2018)
Did Brake Failure Cause Your Accident?
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