General Motors Recalls Chevrolet Impalas and Cadillac XTS
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Sep 24, 2014 in Auto Accidents
General Motors has recalled the 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala. The recall, which affects 221,558 vehicles, was announced on September 19, 2014 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The chief safety concern behind the latest round of recalls is the fear that the brakes will remain engaged over long periods of time, heat up and then cause fires, smoke and even sparks.
So far, General Motors and the NHTSA have reported that there have been no accidents or injuries associated with the parking brake safety defect. Almost all of the vehicles that were recalled due to the parking brake defect were sold in the U.S. with the remaining 21,558 cars being sold in Canada and Europe.
In addition to potentially causing fires, the braking systems in the Cadillac and the Impala may also fail to initiate the brake indicator light when the brakes are activated. General Motors and the NHTSA have both received criticisms about their failures to recall vehicles in a timely manner.
They have been accused of failing to analyze safety data, take consumer complaints seriously, and initiate recalls quickly. Recent congressional hearings have revealed the governments frustration with delays in recall investigations and announcements.
Amidst this criticism, both the NHTSA and the auto manufacturer are taking a cautionary approach and recalling vehicles at a lower threshold than in previous recall announcements.
Since the beginning of the year, General Motors has recalled over 30 million vehicles. The auto industry overall has broken several recall records in 2014. Consumers are at a particular risk if they do not quickly address the safety defects in their vehicles.
Unfortunately, the massive amount of recalls announced in 2014 have caused long appointment wait times at dealerships and severe equipment shortages. Thus, even if a consumer is prepared to find alternate arrangements while their car is being fixed, they will likely experience a significant wait time before they can get an appointment.
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