9.22.14: GM/Chrysler recalls
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they’re not needed, increasing the risk of a fire.
The recall involves Cadillacs from the 2013-2015 model years and Impalas from the 2014 and 2015 model years. There are 205,309 vehicles affected in the U.S.; the rest of the vehicles are in Canada and elsewhere.
GM says the electronic parking brake arm that applies pressure to the back of the brake pads may not fully retract after use. If the brake pads stay partially engaged with the rotor, excessive brake heat may result in a fire.
GM says it knows of no accidents or injuries related to the defect.
GM will notify owners and repair the vehicles for free.
Meanwhile, Chrysler is recalling nearly 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.
The recall covers some 2011 models with 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7-liter V8 engines. Chrysler says a relay can fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
Chrysler traced the problem to a spring that can deform because of heat.
The vehicles also might not start, and the fuel pump could keep working even when the engine is shut off. The company says that as of August 25th it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem.
Dealers will replace the fuel pump relay for free starting October 24th.