2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Brake Assembly Problem | Edmunds

2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu Recalled for Brake Assembly Problem


Just the Facts:
  • General Motors is recalling 8,590 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu sedans for possible reduced braking performance because rear brake rotors may have been assembled into the front brake assembly.
  • The problem could significantly shorten front brake pad life and reduce brake system performance, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Buick and Chevrolet dealers have been notified of problem, Chevrolet spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds.

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 8,590 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu sedans for possible reduced braking performance because rear brake rotors may have been assembled into the front brake assembly, the company said on Thursday.

The problem could significantly shorten front brake pad life and reduce brake system performance, increasing the risk of a crash.

Buick and Chevrolet dealers have been notified of the problem, Chevrolet spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also been notified of the recall, but had not posted any information about it on the NHTSA Web site at this point.

GM said the majority of affected vehicles are in dealer stock. Only 1,694 are in the hands of customers. The affected cars were built between January 29 and March 31, 2014.

"On affected vehicles, the front brake assembly may have been built with a rear brake rotor, which by design is 7-mm thinner than the front rotor," said GM. "Brake performance is unaffected when the vehicle is new, but over time, higher heat generated by the thinner rotors will significantly shorten front brake pad life. As the pads and rotors wear, the outer brake pad can disengage from the caliper bracket, and the diagonal corners of the brake system will lose hydraulic integrity.

"This will result in reduced brake system performance and will illuminate the brake warning light. Additional brake application will result in a loss of braking. Reduced performance or loss of brakes will increase the risk of a crash."

GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the condition.

Dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and, if necessary, replace the front rotor(s) and front brake pads. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Buick at 1-800-521-7300.

Edmunds says: Customers who have taken delivery of a potentially affected vehicle will be notified by letter and may request a courtesy vehicle until front brake rotors and front brake pads can be inspected and replaced.

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