Reports of Faulty Brake Vacuum Pumps Trigger Federal Investigation of General MotorsJune 19, 2019
Federal authorities are currently investigating more than 110 reports of faulty brake vacuum pumps in GM vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the brake vacuum pumps can reportedly deteriorate, making it harder to apply the brakes while increasing stopping distances.
As the NHTSA investigation continues, the Houston attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm are also investigating this defect. If you or a loved one may have been harmed by a faulty brake vacuum pump—or any defective auto part, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about your rights and legal options in a free, no obligations case evaluation.
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Which GM Vehicles Have the Faulty Brake Vacuum Pump?
A total of about 2.7 million GM vehicles have the brake vacuum pump in question. These include 2014 to 2016:
- Cadillac Escalade SUVs
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup trucks
- Chevrolet Suburban SUVs
- Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs
- GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks
- GMC Yukon SUVs.
Why Are the Brake Vacuum Pumps Deteriorating?
It’s still unclear what exactly is causing the brake vacuum pumps to break down and malfunction. Ongoing investigations may reveal, however, that this defect is the result of:
- Poor quality components in the pumps
- Inherent design flaws with the pumps
- Failure to test the safety of the pumps
- Failure to properly install the pumps
- Other forms of negligence
Additionally, the investigation may uncover that GM has known—or should have known—about these defects.
Depending on the findings, a recall for these brake vacuum pumps may be issued.
If a recall is issued, impacted vehicle owners should be notified by mail. They can also check the recall status for their vehicle (for the faulty brake vacuum pumps or any other auto part) by using this online recall look tool operated by the NHTSA.
What Should I Do If My Vehicle Has a Faulty Brake Vacuum Pump?
Authorities have yet to issue any official recommendations for vehicle owners. However, if you own a GM vehicle with the potentially defective brake vacuum pump:
- Take your vehicle to a GM dealer or an independent repair shop for an inspection and repairs if you start to notice any brake problems.
- Keep receipts for any service your vehicle gets related to the brake vacuum pumps.
If you’ve been in a crash or otherwise injured and you believe a faulty brake vacuum pump may have been a contributing factor, contact the Amaro Law Firm for more information and answers about your potential case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
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