New Jersey car and truck owners have had to keep track of many vehicle recalls in recent years. The latest recall notice concerning brake defects from General Motors applies to 2018 and 2019 models of Chevrolet Impala, Equinox, Malibu, Volt, Bolt, and Cruze. Additionally, owners of Buick Regal, LaCrosse, and XTS models as well as the GMC Terrain must get their brakes fixed.
Engineers have identified the brake problem as improper chrome on the rear brake pistons. The defective chrome creates gases that interfere with the hydraulic circuit of the brakes. Drivers experience it as soft brakes and unpredictable braking distances that could produce accidents.
Across the nation, 210,628 vehicles fall under this current recall. Close to 20,000 vehicles in Canada reportedly have the brake problem as well. This recall notice adds to a string of problems acknowledged by General Motors. In 2017, the automaker had to fix 800,000 trucks because of bad power steering systems.
Defective products can lead to liability on the part of manufacturers for malfunctioning equipment that results in injuries, deaths or property damage. A person hurt in a crash caused by auto defects might want the guidance of an attorney when pursuing damages from a large company. An attorney could investigate the circumstances of the accident and assemble evidence about the defective auto parts. Testimony from mechanics or engineers might also be gathered by an attorney to illustrate the source of the accident. With this information, an attorney could file a lawsuit if the at-fault party's insurer fails to offer an appropriate settlement amount.
Source: Fortune, "General Motors Recall Impacts 210,000 Chevys and Buicks for Bad Brakes", Brittany Shoot, Sept. 11, 2018