Special to SEGAZINE
General Motors, which has recalled nearly 29 million cars globally so far this year, is pushing back against critics clamoring that it should recall another 6 million pickups and SUVs for a problem with brake lines.
GM says the problem with the brake lines is due to normal wear-and-tear on vehicles that are all at least 10 years old, and that the problem only occurs in the so-called “Salt Belt” where corrosive salt is used on the roads during the winter.
“Brake line wear on vehicles is a maintenance issue that affects the auto industry, not just General Motors (GM),” said GM’s statement. “The trucks in question are long out of factory warranty and owners’ manuals urge customers to have their brake lines inspected the same way brake pads need replacement for wear. In fact, more than 20 states require brake line inspections at one- or two-year intervals or when stopped for a violation.”
But other automakers have ordered recalls when problems with brake lines are discovered. Most recently, Subaru recalled 660,238 vehicles that have been registered in the Salt Belt states, although its cars are more recent models than the GM vehicles in question.