Brake-Line Failure Investigation Closed

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release regarding the closure of their investigation into brake-line failures on certain GM vehicles. The conclusion of the investigation included the released of a consumer video and safety advisory. Apparently, in certain 2007 or older vehicles, brake lines could become corroded and increase the risk of crashing, due to brake failure. The NHTSA spent over four years investigating the brake line corrosion problem in GM trucks and SUVs built from 1999-2003 and similar vehicles built by other manufacturers.


No Safety Recall for GM Brake Lines

Although GM vehicles did appear to have more consumer complaints about this issue than other vehicle manufacturers, the NHTSA did not find that this was a unique problem for GM vehicles only. While the NHTSA hasn’t ordered a recall, they have issued a safety advisory and consumer safety informational video. Consumers in cold-weather states with older vehicles are encouraged to get their undercarriages washed and have routine maintenance performed regularly to prevent brake line corrosion that could lead to dangerous and deadly brake failure.


If Your Car is More than Seven Years Old

• Wash undercarriage regularly throughout the winter, and give it a thorough washing in the spring to remove road salt and other de-icing chemicals.
• Monitor the brake system for signs of corrosion by having regular inspections.
• Watch for signs of problems, including loss of brake fluid, unusual leaks and soft or spongy feel in the brake pedal.
• Address severe corrosion, marked by flaking or scaling of the metal brake pipes, by having full assembly replaced.


Faulty Auto Parts

It can take years for defective parts to get recalled or for safety advisories to get issued. If you suspect a faulty or defective auto part was the cause of your accident, you need to raise your concerns with the NHTSA, the vehicle’s manufacturer and your lawyer as soon as possible. Investigations can only happen when consumers speak up.

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