2013-'15 Cadillac XTS, 2014-'15 Chevrolet Impala Recalled for Brake Fire Risk | Edmunds

2013-'15 Cadillac XTS, 2014-'15 Chevrolet Impala Recalled for Brake Fire Risk


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 132,921 2013-'15 Cadillac XTS cars and 2014-'15 Chevrolet Impala cars in the U.S. because of a parking-brake flaw that could lead to excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.
  • The automaker is "not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities as a result of this condition," wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler on Sunday in response to an Edmunds query.
  • The recall is expected to begin by the end of September.

WASHINGTON General Motors is recalling 132,921 2013-'15 Cadillac XTS cars and 2014-'15 Chevrolet Impala cars in the U.S. because of a parking-brake flaw that could lead to "excessive brake heat that may result in a fire," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract, causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire."

The problem has been attributed to the electronic parking brake software that can prevent the arm that controls the parking brake from traveling far enough when the parking brake is disengaged.

NHTSA noted that the driver of the affected car may "experience poor vehicle acceleration, undesired deceleration, excessive brake heat, and premature wear to some brake components.

"If the brake drag is significant or if the vehicle is operated for an extended period of time in this condition, there is a potential for the rear brakes to generate significant heat, smoke and sparks."

The automaker is "not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities as a result of this condition," wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler on Sunday in response to an Edmunds query.

This is part of a global recall of 221,558 vehicles, according to GM.

The affected XTS cars were built from February 14, 2012 to August 22, 2014. The affected Impala cars were built from January 15, 2013 to August 22, 2014.

Dealers will update the electronic parking brake software. The recall is expected to begin by the end of September. Owners can contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.

Edmunds says: This recall gets under way this week. It's time to make an appointment with your dealer if you own one of these vehicles.

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