“General Motors Knew There Was a Problem”
with Its Braking Systems

by Aryn Plax

Jun 12, 2020

Shawn O’Leary, a 43-year-old portfolio manager owner from Illinois, reported that the electronic braking system in his 2019 GMC Sierra Denali failed on January 4, sometime after he received repairs to the system in a recall.

He said he had to stand on the brake pedal just to get his vehicle to stop.

“It’s terrifying,” O’Leary told the Detroit Free Press. “I was only doing 10-15 mph, but I had my child in the back seat.”

Despite multiple visits to the dealership, O’Leary saw his brakes repeatedly malfunction.

During his final visit to the dealership, the dealer advised him not to use the OnStar app often used to start these vehicles.

“To me, that means GM knew there was a problem then and was putting people at risk,” O’Leary told Detroit Free Press before GM announced a second recall. “There’s been no owner-wide notification about this, why? This is a safety issue. We’re not that far removed from the ignition switch crisis, so what is GM’s culture?”

View from the driver's wheel. Lights are blurred to convey speed.

The ignition switch crisis O’Leary refers to involved the 2014 recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches that shut off engines and airbags. The defect was connected with 124 deaths.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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