Over 2,000 Chevys recalled over parking brake concern

GM is recalling more than 2,000 recently manufactured models of Chevy Cruze.

General Motors has begun a recall of 2,062 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars after uncovering an issue with the parking brake. The recall order was issued earlier this month for North America, with 1,733 of the affected vehicles in the United States.

According to the summary published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one or both of the rear parking brake cable brackets may have been incorrectly fastened during assembly. If the fastening bolts fail completely, the parking brake would not hold the vehicle in place and it could roll away. GM discovered the defect during a plant audit on February 9, and said it affects cars from model year 2015, manufactured between February 4 and the date of the audit.

The recall began earlier this week. Cruze owners should bring their vehicles to their dealers, who will inspect the bolts and tighten them if necessary, free of charge. GM said it is not aware of any crashes caused by a rollaway.

As this blog reported last week, this news comes on the heels of another GM recall caused by a malfunctioning parking brake. In that case, the software would sometimes malfunction, applying the brake without any input from the driver. That recall applied to the Chevrolet Impala and another GM full-size vehicle, the Cadillac XTS.

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