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Chevrolet Malibu Recall 14V247000

Loss of Power Brake Assist

Recall Details

Power assist to the braking system may be lost due to a problem with the vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. If this were to occur increased brake pedal effort would be required to slow and stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the software in the electronic brake control module to correct this concern. Affected vehicles are equipped with a 2.5L engine with the auto stop/start option.

Our Quick Take

Increased brake pedal effort may be required due to loss of power braking assist.

What Should You Do?

General Motors will notifying owners of affected vehicles beginning May 30, 2014. If you don't receive notification and believe you should have, please contact your General Motors dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The General Motors recall number is 14201.

Brakes, May 14, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
May 14, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
140,067
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V247000
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured June 12, 2013, through May 2, 2014, and equipped with a 2.5L engine with the auto stop/start option. The affected vehicles may experience a complete loss of brake vacuum assist, disabling the hydraulic boost assist. As such, these vehicles do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequence
If the hydraulic boost assist is disabled, slowing or stopping the vehicle will require additional brake pedal effort and a lengthened stopping distance. Both of these effects increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic brake control module software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 30, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. General Motors number for this recall is 14201.
Notes
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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