Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in an email that the recall’s timeline raises concerns, especially because a recall was issued in June for Canadian owners.
“The question isn’t whether 9 months was fast enough to get from opening the investigation to this recall; the question is why did GM’s Canadian consumers get the recall notice 3 months ago?” Levine asked. “How long did GM know about this problem before NHTSA opened the investigation last November?”
General Motors is recalling almost 3.5 million SUVs and pickup trucks because their brakes may suddenly become difficult to use, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The agency has been investigating the problem for 10 months. GM has been repairing affected vehicles since December 2018, and issued a recall in Canada in June.
The recall involves some of GM’s best-selling products: the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, and the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade SUVs.
NHTSA opened its investigation in November 2018 after it received 111 complaints. A GM spokesman, Dan Flores, told Consumer Reports in an email that the company is aware of 113 crashes and 13 injuries because of the problem; no deaths have been reported.