General Motors is in the middle of the largest safety crisis in automobile history. Over the past year, GM has issued 62 recalls, affecting 29 million vehicles. The most serious safety defect, caused by faulty ignition switches that spontaneously disengage while the car is in motion, have resulted in at least 23 deaths.
In the latest recall issued last month, GM targets over 221,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impalas for brake pads that stayed engaged after the driver’s foot was off the pedal. GM said the problem was caused by the “electronic parking brake arm that applies pressure to the back of the brake pads not fully retracting after use.” This malfunction could lead to increased friction between the brake pads and the rotor, and could cause a fire.
Models years affected by the recall include 2013-2015 Cadillac’s XTS’ and 2014-2015 Impalas.
Another GM recall that involves vehicles with defects that pose a fire danger was announced last June. 189,000 SUVs are included in the recall that targets window switches that can catch on fire. GM admitted that the problem is caused when water leaks into the door panels where the switches are located, resulting in rust that can cause short circuits and overheating, and possibly fires. At least 28 vehicles have been reported to have caught on fire.
Recalled models include 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainer, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 97-X.
GM anticipated the parts for the repairs to be available in October. Until their SUVs are repaired, GM is advising owners they should park their SUVs in open areas and not in garages or carports. GM has also advised dealers not to sell affected used SUVs until the part is replaced.
Before placing yourself and your family at risk of being in a car accident or other danger, find out about GM recalls at the GM Recall Center or the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration recall website at Safercar.gov .