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GM Recalls 2014 Malibus and LaCrosses

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

General Motors has issued a nationwide recall for 8,208 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse vehicles after identifying a problem with the vehicles’ front brake assembly.

About the Malibu and LaCrosse Recall

“The condition could significantly shorten front brake pad life and reduce brake system performance, increasing the risk of crash.” – General Motors as published by Automotive News

According to Automotive News, the recall was issued after GM determined that rear brake rotors may have been installed in the front brake assembly. The automaker claims that this could possibly reduce the vehicles’ braking performance, increasing the risk of collision.

An estimated 1,700 of the sedans are believed to be in customers’ hands while the rest are in dealer inventory.

GM issued a delivery order for affected vehicles on May 1 and sent a letter notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday. Dealerships can continue selling the cars after they have inspected the front brake rotors and completed any necessary repairs.

19 Recalls Issued for 5.4 Million Vehicles

This is the nineteenth recall involving defective General Motor vehicles bringing the total number of recalled vehicles to 5.4 million.

Most notable of the automakers recent recalls is a recall for roughly 2.6 million vehicles equipped with a defective ignition switch which GM has linked to 13 deaths and at least 31 frontal collisions in which airbags failed to deploy.

According to releases concerning that recall, the faulty ignition switches can inadvertently slip out of the “run” position and into the “off” or “accessory” position while the vehicles are running, effectively stalling the vehicles.

When this occurs, drivers are left without crucial safety features including power steering, anti-lock brakes and airbag functionality.

Documents suggest that GM new the switches were defective as early as 2001, and knew that the products failed to meet company standards before approving them for use in Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles.

GM is currently being subjected to multiple investigations and lawsuits and is suspected to be working with victim compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg to create a victim’s compensation fund for those impacted by the recall.


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