Parking Brake May Disengage Without Warning
Brakes, May 6, 2009
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
A problem with the parking may allow it to disengage without warning. If the transmission shift lever is placed in the "Park" position, the vehicle will remain in place. Under special conditions where the vehicle is not placed in "Park" on a slope, the keys are left in, and the parking brake disengages, a crash could result without warning.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a medium priority recall; this would change to high if the parking brake does not hold. Please contact your Chevrolet dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The parking brake cable connector was not manufactured within specification of the Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. This could cause the cable connector to fracture without warning, causing the parking brake cable to disengage. If the transmission shift lever is placed in the "Park" position, the vehicle will remain in place. Under special conditions where the vehicle is not placed in "Park" on a slope, the keys are left in, and the parking brake disengages, a crash could result without warning. Dealers will replace the parking brake cable link free of charge. The recall began May 5, 2009. The GM recall number is 09045.
Mfr's Report Date:
May 6, 2009
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GM IS RECALLING 15,393 MY 2009 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 135, "PASSENGER CAR BRAKE SYSTEMS." THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A PARK BRAKE CABLE LINK (CONNECTOR) THAT IS NOT TO SPECIFICATION. THIS CONNECTOR MAY FRACTURE WHEN THE PARK BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.
IF THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER IS IN THE PARK POSITION, THERE WILL BE NO UNINTENDED VEHICLE MOVEMENT. HOWEVER, IF THE KEYS ARE LEFT IN THE IGNITION, THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT LEVER IS IN ANY POSITION OTHER THAN PARK, AND THE VEHICLE IS PARKED ON A SUFFICIENT SLOPE, IT COULD RESULT IN UNINTENDED VEHICLE MOVEMENT. THIS COULD RESULT IN A CRASH WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING.
DEALERS ARE TO REPLACE THE PARK BRAKE CABLE LINK (CONNECTOR) FREE OF CHARGE. GM ANTICIPATES THAT THE DEALER BULLETIN WILL BE SENT MAY 5, 2009 AND OWNER LETTERS WILL BE MAILED IN JUNE 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, OR AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
GM RECALL NO. 09045. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration