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Braking system problem leads to recall of 230,000 GM vehicles

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Daniel Rufiange
Of the recalled vehicles, 19,385 are in Canada

It’s official: we’re in GM Recall Week. In addition to the large power-steering-related recall of 1.2 million pickups and SUVs announced today, the manufacturer is issuing another recall of 230,000 vehicles. In this case it concerns an issue with the braking system. The recall affects 19,385 units sold in Canada.

In all, nine 2018-2019 models are included in the recall; six carry the Chevrolet nameplate, while Cadillac, Buick and GMC have one model each that has been fingered. Specifically, the Chevy models are the Cruze, Bolt EV, Volt, Malibu, Equinox and Impala, while the others are the Cadillac XTS, the Buick LaCrosse and the GMC Terrain.

The problem concerns defective pistons in ZF parts delivered to GM. These pistons can let gas escape, expand into the braking system and get trapped in the ZF-supplied piston body. The driver of the vehicle could then experience spongy brakes, and a resulting increase in braking distance that creates a greater risk of accident.

As of now, GM says it has not received any reports of incidents caused by the issue.

Owners of vehicles targeted by the recall can visit the recalls page of GM Canada’s website for further details.

Daniel Rufiange
Daniel Rufiange
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