Are you affected by GM's 3.4 million vehicle recall?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating into GM during November last year and have now with the manufacturer to link 113 accidents and 13 injuries to this single issue. A faulty vacuum assist pump is said to have decreased the affected vehicles' braking capacity and increase its braking distance.
GM dealerships are required to recalibrate the electronic brake control module, which will allow for a secondary power braking system to work more efficiently. Why not just replace the faulty pump? GM states that pump failures are rare and are already covered through the manufacturer's warranty. In other words, this tweak is said to address the issue whilst saving costs for GM.
Which vehicles are affected?
Cadillac Escalade / 2015-2017
Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe / 2015-2018
Chevrolet Silverado / 2014-2018
GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, 3500 / 2014-2018
GMC Yukon / 2015-2018
An unrelated recall includes the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, of which 177,000 units are said to have potentially faulty fuel injectors. Do follow the same procedure outlined below.
What should I do if I am affected?
If you purchased your vehicle through the manufacturer, you would have been notified on the 6th of September, if not there is no need to worry. Give your nearest dealership a call to reconfirm that your vehicle is one of those affected above.
The recalibration process is said to be free of charge as it is an official recall, not a warranty related claim. There is no information to as whether or not your vehicle is safe to drive or not, do confirm this with your dealership.
If you are permitted to drive to your car do take care and brake a tad early incase the brakes unexpectedly become ineffective. The official date of the recall is yet to be announced but it would be best to allocate a servicing slot if your dealership has the capacity to do so. Plus they may contact you first once they do obtain more information.
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