GM Orders Recall Update for More Than 160,000 Pickup Trucks at Risk for Brake Failure
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 29, 2020 in Firm News
General Motors (GM) has issued an update to a recall repair after between 1,600 and 1,700 owners of GM pickup trucks complained about electronic brake failure. The recall update affects approximately 160,000 GM customers whose vehicles’ brakes may be in danger of failing.
An owner of a 2019 GMC Sierra Denali said his electronic braking system failed for the first time earlier this month after he took the car in for the recall repair. The only way the owner could get his vehicle to stop was to stand on the brake pedal while waiting for the truck to coast to a standstill.
Vehicles Potentially Affected By GM’s New Recall
The original recall was for almost 550,000 2019 Cadillac CT6 sedans, GMC Sierra 1500s and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup trucks.
GM has sent letters to the owners of all vehicles affected, but you can always use your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to check for outstanding recalls of your specific vehicle on the NHTSA website.
Cause For GM’s Electronic Braking Failure
MSN News reports the brake failures are due to a problematic software update that was provided for the previous recall. According to GM, the first recall was issued because a software error had the potential to disable the electronic stability control and antilock brake systems.
However, the fix that was applied to affected vehicles has the potential to disrupt the electronic brake control component whenever the driver starts his or her GM vehicle with the OnStar app.
Despite this additional recall, GM states that it is confident this revised fix will resolve the problem. Spokesman, Dan Flores encourages customers to contact their dealers if they have ongoing concerns, but “we have a fix to the fix that we’re sure will take care of the problem.”
What You Can Do To Help Protect Yourself And Your Family
It is difficult to maintain confidence in GM’s braking system after the first fix did not resolve the problem. GM also has a history of recalls due to issues that put vehicle users in danger. The 2014 GM ignition switch recall was called one of the deadliest auto recalls in U.S. history and was responsible for 124 deaths.
There are certain steps you may consider if your vehicle is affected by this latest recall:
- Get your vehicle fixed by your dealer immediately
- File a complaint with the NHTSA
- Contact a defective products attorney if you were injured in an accident caused by malfunctioning brakes
Contact One Of Our Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a defective product, such as malfunctioning brakes on your vehicle, we recommend that you contact one of our Milwaukee defective product lawyers for help.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to review the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you have a case and we represent you, there are no upfront fees to retain our legal services. We do not get paid unless you do.
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