On top of everything, General Motors is in the crosshairs of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The U.S. federal agency has opened an investigation into pickup trucks and SUVs made by the Detroit automaker from 2014 through 2016. An estimated 2.7 million GM vehicles could be affected. The cars could suffer from faulty brake pumps.
The agency’s investigation includes the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade. So far, there have been 111 consumer complaints filed with the NHTSA. There’ve been nine crashes and two reported injuries so far related to the faulty brake pumps.
The NHTSA says a brake vacuum pump could deteriorate. This could subsequently cause stopping distances and braking effort to increase, potentially leading to crashes, injuries, and deaths. Right now, the agency is investigating to determine how widespread the problem is. This will help decide if a recall is required. General Motors is assisting with the investigation while monitoring complaints and warranty claims, according to GM Spokesperson Tom Wilkinson.
Without a recall, owners who experience brake problems who take their vehicle to a General Motors dealership or independent repair shop should keep their receipts. If there is a recall, they could receive reimbursement for the repair.