GM has recalled over 220,000 more vehicles due to brake fires
General Motors as issued recalls for over 220,000 new Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala cars across the globe due to an improper braking system that could potentially cause “excessive brake heat that may result in a fire,” according to documents posted Saturday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
The new recall covers 2013-2015 XTS cars and 2014-2015 Impalas and was prompted by an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which was opened in April. Of the 220,000 cars being recalled, 205,000 are from the United States, with the rest coming from other places across the globe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that the fire risk stemmed from the rear brakes, which generated “significant heat, smoke, and sparks.” The agency also warned that the drivers of the affected vehicles could potentially experience “poor vehicle acceleration, undesired deceleration, excessive brake heat and premature wear to some brake components.”
This is the 67th recall that General Motors has issued this year, with more than 26 million vehicles having been recalled in the United States alone. 2014 is turning out to be a record braking year for General Motors, and not in a good way
The American automaker asked dealers for information on this most recent issue back in May and bought a defective car from one of its dealers. “After analyzing the vehicle, GM determined that the parking brake software was defective. GM continued to investigate the potential safety and compliance implications of the software defect.”
Read more about the story at The New York Times.