The problem: The light that is supposed to illuminate when the parking brake is engaged may not work on affected vehicles. If the parking brake stays on while the car is in motion for an extended period of time, “there is a potential for the rear brakes to generate significant heat, smoke and sparks,” according to the NHTSA. The brakes may also generate enough heat to start a fire. GM is “not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities,” related to the problem.
Vehicles affected: 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala models are affected.
Number of vehicles recalled: About 221,558 vehicles are affected, 205,309 of which are in the United States. The remaining vehicles are located in Canada, Mexico and other countries.
The fix: GM says it will notify owners of the recall and make the necessary repairs to the vehicle for free. A timeline for the recall was not provided.
Contacts: Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 or Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. Owners of GM vehicles may also use this site to search for GM recalls using their VIN.