GM Recall: General Motors Recalls 221,558 Sedans For Fire Risk

September 22, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

GM Recall

A GM recall is going to affect over 200,000 owners of Cadillacs and Chevrolets. In a brief press release, and in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM announced yet another recall due to faulty brake pads that stay engaged when not needed and can easily catch on fire.

GM is recalling a total of 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans. GM has unveiled the list of vehicles (model and year) that are included in the 2014 recall, which will affect 205,309 clients in The United States and the other 16,249 customers are in Canada and other countries (General Motors did not disclose the names of the other countries).

The company claimed that this new recall is due to technical difficulties related to brake pads.

According to the car manufacturer, the faulty brake pads are able to stay engaged when it is not necessary, which can cause it to heat up and therefore increase the risk of a fire.

General Motors stated that the recall concerns Cadillac XTS vehicles of model years 2013 to 2015, manufactured from February 14, 2012 to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles of model years 2014 and 2015, manufactured between January 15, 2013 and August 22, 2014.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained:

“If the vehicle is operated for an extended period of time in this condition, there is a potential for the rear brakes to generate significant heat, smoke and sparks.Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.”

A representative for GM said in a statement, they do not know if the defect parking brakes have caused accidents or injuries thus far.

GM will notify owners of the defect vehicles and repair them for free.

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deputy administrator David Friedman, blasted GM for not not moving fast enough to recall cars that had problems with ignition switches.

There has been 19 fatalities linked to the ignition switches and more than 320 injuries.


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