2011-'12 Chevrolet Cruze Recalled for Brake-Assist Defect


  • 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Picture

    2012 Chevrolet Cruze Picture

    General Motors is recalling 292,879 2011-'12 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for a potential loss of brake assist. | August 16, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 292,879 2011-'12 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for a potential loss of brake assist.
  • The affected Cruzes were built at GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant and have the combination of the 1.4-liter dual-overhead-cam gasoline turbo engine and the 6T40 FWD automatic transmission.
  • A date has not been set for the recall.

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 292,879 2011-'12 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for a potential loss of brake assist, the automaker said on Friday.

The affected Cruzes were built at GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant and have the combination of the 1.4-liter DOHC gasoline turbo engine and the 6T40 FWD automatic transmission. Other engine and transmission combinations in the Cruze are not involved.

General Motors made a running change in the production of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, which is not part of this recall.

"In rare instances, a driver may need to exert extra brake pedal pressure to stop the vehicle," said GM in a statement.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., has not posted any information about the Cruze recall on its Web site.

The automaker said in the statement it is aware of 27 alleged low-speed crashes, but no injuries related to brake performance, "which could include this issue."

GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds in a phone conversation that the affected Cruzes are "absolutely" safe to drive.

"You can always stop the car," Adler said. "This is not a loss of braking."

He said the problem sometimes becomes apparent during a "cold start."

"It may require increased pedal effort," Adler said. "You may have to push harder."

Chevrolet dealers will remove and replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly.

A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438. GM said it will notify owners by mail.

Edmunds says: GM is waiting for parts, which is why there is a delay in the start of this recall.

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