This is beginning to sound like a “broken record, but General Motors Co. (GM) has issued yet another recall. This recall is for more than 8,200 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse vehicles in the United States for “possible reduced braking performance” caused by rear brake rotors being assembled into the front brake assembly. GM said its latest recall covers 8,208 vehicles made in the U.S. between Jan. 29 and March 31. The majority of the vehicles, according to GM, are in dealer stock. GM said only 1,694 of the recalled vehicles are in customer possession and that they expect a “very small percentage” of the recalled cars will contain the front brake assembly issue.
GM representative Alan Adler said that, if present, the condition could significantly shorten a vehicle’s front brake pad life and reduce brake system performance, which could in turn increase the risk of crash. He stated:
On affected vehicles, the front brake assembly may have been built with a rear brake rotor, which by design is 7 mm thinner than the front rotor. Brake performance is unaffected when the vehicle is new, but over time, higher heat generated by the thinner rotors will significantly shorten front brake pad life.
As for the most recent recall, GM says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the condition. Dealers will inspect subject vehicles and, if necessary, replace the front rotor(s) and front brake pads, according to GM. Customers who have taken delivery of a potentially affected vehicle will be notified by letter and may request a courtesy vehicle until front brake rotors and front brake pads can be inspected and, if necessary, replaced.
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