GM is recalling 8,208 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse

Article by Christian A., on May 10, 2014

General Motors has issued a recall of 8,208 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans (MY2014) over issues with their front brake assembly. GM said in a statement that rear brake rotors might have been installed in the front brake assembly of the sedans, resulting to “possible reduced braking performance.”

The carmaker said that the situation could significantly shorten front brake pad life as well as cut brake system performance, which could heighten risk of a crash. GM said that around 1,700 of the cars with customers and the rest are with dealers. According to GM, it is unaware of any crashes or injuries linked to the problem.

It added that only a “small percentage” of the recalled vehicles would have the wrong front rotors. A spokesman for GM said the carmaker has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informing the agency of the recall.

GM has ordered its dealers to stop delivery and sales of the cars on May 1. In a memo to dealers, GM said they could only resume selling the cars after inspection of the front brake rotors and completion of any fix.

The brake assembly recall – its 19th this year -- means GM has already recalled 5.4 million vehicles, including around 2.6 million for faulty ignition switch tied to 13 deaths. Some models were subjected to more than one recall.

The recalls come as GM chief executive Mary Barra pledge greater vigilance on vehicle safety. It is now being investigated over its handling of the faulty ignition switch recall.

GM recently recalled 56,214 2007-08 Saturn Aura sedans for possibly faulty transmission shifters; and 50,571 2013 Cadillac SRX crossovers for a possible transmission issue.

Buick’s 2014 LaCrosse stands for an advancement of breakthrough luxury sedans that began the company’s contemporary sedan range with leading design and innovative technology.

The full-sized LaCrosse has all-new design cues inside and out, modern safety features, and improved in-car connectivity. New styling in front and rear, including optional hallmark wing-shaped LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lights, augment its sculptured exterior styling. The cabin is more modern with new seats, improved materials, reconfigured centre instrument panel and console - and a new, optional Ultra Luxury Interior Package. The interior also integrates Buick's next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system, with easy to understand controls and innate voice recognition.

All-new safety features using radar and camera assist in surrounding the all-new LaCrosse in security. They are such features as Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Automatic Collision Preparation. The GM patented Safety Alert Seat operates with a number of these, giving off vibration pulses in the seat to indicate the direction of a possible impact.

Full Speed Adaptive Cruise Control is also available. It detects traffic in front of the vehicle to adjust speed. This includes bringing the car to a full stop and then accelerating.

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