US probes brake flaw in 2.7 mil­lion GM trucks, SUVs

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Business -

U.S. high­way safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­leged de­fect in 2.7 mil­lion pick­ups and sport util­ity ve­hi­cles built by Gen­eral Mo­tors Co. that are get­ting into col­li­sions be­cause driv­ers are hav­ing trou­ble brak­ing.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion opened the probe on Tues­day of trucks and SUVs in­clud­ing GM's best-sell­ing Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado af­ter re­ceiv­ing 111 com­plaints from con­sumers. The power brake vac­uum pump in the mod­els can de­grade and make it dif­fi­cult to stop, ac­cord­ing to the agency. There have been nine crashes re­lated to the prob­lem and two in­juries, NHTSA said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volves the 2014 to 2016 model year Chevy Sil­ver­ado, Sub­ur­ban and Ta­hoe; GMC Sierra and Yukon; and the Cadil­lac Es­calade. GM has been mon­i­tor­ing field re­ports and other data on the ve­hi­cles and will co­op­er­ate with NHTSA to eval­u­ate them fur­ther, said TomWilkin­son, a com­pany spokesman.

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