General Motors has said it will recall about 230,000 vehicles to fix a problem with its brake systems that could affect their stopping distances. According to a KVAL.com news report, the recall covers certain 2018 and 2019 model year Buick LaCrosse sedans, Cadillac XTS sedans, Chevy Cruze, Impala and Malibu sedans, Chevy Bolt EV electric cars, and GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox crossover SUVs. The automaker said about 210,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold new in the United States while others were sold in Canada.
Details of the Recall
General Motors said in government filings that the rear brake pistons in these vehicles might be improperly chromed and tempered when they were manufactured. So, hydrogen gas can remain trapped in the piston body, which could make the brakes soft and take longer to make the vehicle come to a stop. When the recall begins, GM dealers repair the vehicles by flushing the brakes.
The faulty brake parts were built by German supplier ZF Group, which also supplied faulty brakes to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLS-Class crossover SUVs. Mercedes announced a recall for those models last month. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also recalled vehicles over a similar problem with ZF-supplied brakes. So far, no car accidents have been reported due to these GM brake defects. GM said ZF did not tell the automaker that the faulty manufacturing process affected calipers in its vehicles.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Brake defects have the potential to result in car accidents that could result in major injuries or fatalities. When your brakes are defective, it becomes difficult for you to stop the vehicle in time. This means, you could strike a stationary object such as a tree or a pole. You may collide with another vehicle. You could lose control of your vehicle and crash. Or you may even strike a pedestrian or a bicyclist. Brakes that function well are extremely important. Brake defects often occur as the result of a malfunction or due to a manufacturing defect.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective auto, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries and past and future pain and suffering. An experienced auto defect attorney will be able to help you seek maximum compensation for your significant losses.