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General Motors has recalled over 638,000 units of SUVs and pick up trucks because of a major wheel speed sensor issue. This recall comes after the pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This issue has resulted in 113 accidents and 13 injuries so far but thankfully no casualties. General Motors has decided to bring this under control and has called for a voluntary recall. This includes vehicles sold between 2014 and 2018 including Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, GM Yukon, and Chevrolet Suburban.
This is caused due to a decrease in the vacuum pump output which in turn decreases the amount of power brake assist. This causes the driver to apply an unprecedented amount of force to bring it to a halt. This can increase the risk of crashing your vehicle.
Gm has commented on the issue and said that as the age of the car, the pump in power-assist brakes tends to decrease in vacuum power. This increases the stopping distance and heightens the risk of a crash due to misjudgment.
The vacuum pump is lubricated with engine oil that flows through a filter screen. In certain trucks, oil sludge can clog the screen resulting in low oil flow and causing the pressure to drop.
This recall has been enforced by the NHTSA after analyzing the problems from as early as November. GM has notified the dealers to recalibrate the electronic brake control module at no extra cost to the customers and the same has been notified to the customers from early September.
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