GM is Recalling 3.4-million Trucks and SUVs

GM recalls more than 3.4M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues

GM recalls more than 3.4M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues

General Motors (GM) has issued a recall involving 3.8 million cars in North America, with 3.46 million pick-up trucks and SUV affected in the U.S. alone.

The recall, which covers 2014-2018 model year vehicles, including some Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon vehicles, was triggered because the amount of vacuum created by the vacuum pump may decrease over time, GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in documents posted Wednesday. As the vehicles grow older, the pump may not produce sufficient vacuum power, which could increase the stopping distance, and increase the risk of a crash.

The recall comes following a lengthy investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which began previous year in November.

The millions of trucks and SUVs have a brake issue that GM said resides in aging pumps in the brake system. Owners were to be notified starting September 6.

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Even with the problem, the brakes "continue to function and exceed the requirements of the appropriate federal motor vehicle safety standard", GM spokesman Dan Flores said.

The issue revolves around the vacuum assist pump that's lubricated with engine oil.

GM said at the time that it was monitoring complaints and warranty claims and was working with the government to evaluate them. "This remedy will improve brake performance in any situation where brake vacuum drops", he said. A message will also populate on the dashboard telling the driver to service the brake system. That can cause the computer to send a signal disabling the fuel injectors.

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