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GM recalls 47,300 vehicles in Canada and US due to faulty brake nut

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February 11
5:32 AM 2016

General Motors Co. (GM) has announced its plans to recall nearly 47,300 pickups and SUVs in Canada and the US. The vehicles apparently need to be checked for a faulty nut in the brakes that could cause the most important car function to fail.

According to Fortune, the world's leading automaker is in the process of calling back 26,573 2015-16 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles in the US, and more than 46,800 in Canada.

As Reuters says, the company took the pain of going through this long-drawn process because it detected the brake pedal pivot nut is faulty and may come loose. This would render the brake pedal wobbly or non-functional. The company acted as soon as it discovered this crucial issue that can result in extremely fatal consequences. Fortunately, no news of any crashes or injuries due to loose brake pedals have been reported yet. Now the recalled cars will go straight to their dealers who will first find out whether the vehicle has already received the necessary fix from the production house itself. If not, they will apply adhesive on the faulty nut to tighten it and ensure from their end the problem doesn't surface later.

However, this is not the first time the Detroit-based company is facing such a problem, according to CBC News. Over the years, the recall programs for various reasons have occurred at a frightening frequency and, strangely, the Canadian vehicles have always been impacted because of these programs.

In 2014, GM had recalled almost 3.3 million older models, once more in North America, to fix an ignition switch that was in danger of slipping out of the run position while the car was still on the move. The problem reportedly caused six deaths and eight crashes. The most recent recall program happened when the company called back 1.4 million vehicles because of engine leakage problems, which caused property and garages to catch fire in many instances. The company had also reported around1300 recalled vehicles caught fire even after they were returned with engines fixed by the dealers. Once more, Canada faced recalls of almost 125,783 vehicles for the fix.

For the current problem, the Canadian safety regulators have identified that, apart from inoperative brake functions, the issue also causes the brake lights to stay on longer than normal. The recall process is scheduled to begin very soon, confirms the automaker. 

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