General Motors [GM] will be recalling nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze automobiles, because of problems with the electric vacuum pump that provides supplemental brake assistance. The models being recalled are from 2011 and 2012. These Cruze automobiles were equipped with a 1.4L DOHC gasoline turbo engine, front wheel drive, 6-speed automatic transmission, and equipped with an electric vacuum pump [EVP]. In these affected vehicles, the EVP may not work properly during driving. When the EVP does not activate, extra brake pedal effort would be required in order to stop or slow down the vehicle. As a result, if the driver is unaware of this condition, this will increase the likelihood of a crash occurring.
Click here to read the full New York Times article: G.M. Recalls 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze Models Over Braking Problem
According to the Q&A from NHTSA, there have been “27 reports alleging low-speed crashes”. General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly, free of charge. GM has not yet provided the date of when they will notify owners of the recall. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s recall number is 12213.
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