GM recalling millions of trucks for bad brake systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 3.5 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are being recalled by General Motors due to problems with their brake systems. The recall applies to Chevrolet Silverados, GMC Sierras, Chevrolet Surburbans, Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades in Arizona and across the country. The recall comes following an NHTSA investigation that lasted for 10 months. According to a statement by a spokesperson for GM, the company knows of 113 accidents and 13 injuries related to the brake issue.

No deaths have been tied to the GM brake problems, which come from a flaw in the powered brake assistance that lowers the effort required by drivers to apply the brakes. There is a possibility that the system will fail, so much more force is required to push the brake pedal. It may also take a greater distance for the vehicle to come to a stop, according to the NHTSA.

The problem is more likely to happen at low speeds than high speeds. GM released a statement that said in part there may be warning signs that occur immediately prior to a malfunction. The brake pedal may vibrate, the driver may notice increased pressure is required to depress the brake, there may be a ticking sound from the engine compartment, or the dashboard might light up with a service brake assist message.

People who suffer injuries due to a malfunction of motor vehicle systems might be entitled to recover damages. In a typical case, the injured party may have claims for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills or other damages. An attorney who handles product liability cases might be able to help by communicating and negotiating with the relevant product manufacturer in pursuit of a settlement. An attorney might also represent the client during court hearings.

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