General Motors has made the decision to recall more than 221,000 vehicles due to a parking-brake defect. The defect can cause brake pads to stay engaged, and cause heat – with added friction – which could eventually cause a fire.
205,309 vehicles in the United States were included, and 16,249 that were outside the United States. The models impacted were the 2014-15 Chevrolet Impalas and 2013-15 Cadillac XTS sedans.
As of this moment, GM isn’t aware of any accidents, or fatalities, but they remarked that they are continuing to keep a very close eye on the situation – and are continuing to investigate further into the problems that the automaker is facing with regards to their vehicles.
In testing, the agency NHTSA noted that the fire risk came from the back brakes. They went on to find that heat, smoke, and sparks were all seen during various levels of testing. This excessive wear of the brake pads could cause undesired deceleration, and even make cars run less efficiently than they are designed to.
Global recalls for General Motors this year is approaching the 30 million mark rapidly. As the company has been under intense scrutiny for their handling of these recalls, they have attempted to stay ahead of the curve by issuing statements and remaining public throughout the problems.
This year though Impala has been at the center of several recalls. The ignition, transmission, brake problems, passenger side air bags, and even issues with the power steering system in the Impala model.
As General Motors reaches nearly 30 million recalls in the last year – it would be hard to imagine the situation getting any worse for the company – but most analysts thought it couldn’t get any worse when the initial recalls occurred.
However, GM is now not the only automaker in the United States under that intense scrutiny. The Chrysler Group has had a series of recalls now, in some very popular lines – that have been serious cause for concern amongst owners – citing a faulty fuel-pump relay, which can cause the models impacted to stall without warning.
It’s a challenging time for the American Automakers, but it is likely that the worst is now behind them.