General Motors Co. (GM) has recalled hundreds of thousands of cars over a defect in the parking brake that could cause a fire. The problem occurred with GM’s 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala.
The total number of cars recalled was 221,558, including 205,309 in the United States, and the remainder in Canada and other countries. The problem was that the brake’s indicator light sometimes failed to illuminate while the brake was not fully retracted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said:
If the vehicle is operated for an extended period of time in this condition, there is a potential for the rear brakes to generate significant heat, smoke and sparks. Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.
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