GM Recalling 814,000 Vehicles Over Braking Issues

General Motors announced that they will recall over 814,000 pickup trucks and cars in the U.S. to fix some known problems with electronic brake controls and battery cables.

10-Second Summary

  • Affected Vehicles
    • 2019 Cadillac CT6, Chevy Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 (software)
    • 2019 and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 (alternator wire)
  • Nature of Risk
    • Software disable electronic stability control and antilock brake system
    • Alternator to battery wire electrical interruption
  • Number of Vehicles Affected
    • 460,000+ for software
    • 350,000+ for wiring
  • No crashes or injuries have been reported
  • Expect recall service to begin January 27, 2020

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The recall will affect almost 464,000 Cadillac CT6 sedans, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks, and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks from the 2019 lineup. According to General Motors, a software error can disable the electronic stability control and antilock brake systems, increasing the risk of a crash.

A second recall, which affects over 350,000 trucks from the 2019 and 2020 Silverado and Sierra 1500 models, will bring GM owners back to the dealerships as well. According to GM, a cable connecting the battery and alternator may have too much glue on it, which could interrupt the electrical signal. This could possibly cause the trucks to stall or catch fire.

Beginning January 27, dealerships will reprogram the brake computers and clean and inspect the cables and connectors on these models. It should be noted that the documents released to the government about the recall don’t mention any reported crashes, fires, or injuries.

 

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