The U.S. government is investigating General Motors (GM) big pickup trucks and SUVs due to faulty braking systems. Roughly 2.7 million vehicles sold in the U.S. may be affected by the issue, so if you own a GM truck or SUV, here is what you need to know.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an engine-driven vacuum pump may be the source of the problem. The agency claims that the pump’s capacity may deteriorate over time, which could lead to increased stopping distances and crashes. Annoyed customers have filed 111 complaints with NHTSA regarding poor brake performance in GM trucks and SUVs. Several of those complaints are alleged to have resulted in crashes.
The following vehicles are being investigated by NHTSA for braking problems:
- 2014-2016 Cadillac Escalade
- 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2014-2016 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe
- 2014-2016 GMC Sierra
- 2014-2016 GMC Yukon
Owners of any affected vehicle are encouraged to have their brakes examined at their local Cadillac or GMC dealership. NHTSA officials are encouraging these individuals to save their receipts since reimbursement could be possible if a recall is issued.
Our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt will continue to monitor this developing situation. If you suspect you have been harmed by defective brakes or any other automotive defect, contact our office at 1-800-590-4116.