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Government Investigating Possible Brake Defect in 6.2 Million GM Trucks, SUVs

Posted: Apr. 06, 2010

Federal investigators are reportedly probing reports that as many as 6.2 million General Motors trucks and SUVs may have a defect that could lead to brake failure.

Detroit News explains that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened the probe in response to “110 complaints, including allegations of three crashes.” NHTSA investigator Chris Lash told the News “The complaints allege the loss of braking effectiveness due to brake line rupture because of corrosion."

Autoblog adds, “In 37 of those cases, inspecting dealers have confirmed brake line failures.”

Vehicles covered by the probe, according to Motor Trend, include “nearly 6 million 1999-2003 Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, and Avalanche models, along with their GMC equivalents, the 1999-2003 Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL. Likewise, a separate inquiry, targeting 189,000 Silverado and Sierra HDs built in 2003, also pertains to brake line corrosion.”

Neither the government nor the automaker has announced a recall over the alleged defect – though an NHTSA investigation is often a prelude to a formal recall. Left Lane News notes, “A spokesman for GM, Alan Adler, said that GM is aware of the investigation and is working with NHTSA to find a resolution.”

LINK: Government Investigating Possible Brake Defect in 6.2 Million GM Trucks, SUVs - U.S. News Rankings and Reviews
 
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