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GM Recalls 221,000 Sedans for Brake Pad Fire Risk

The McClellan Law Firm

General Motors (GM) is recalling 221,558 vehicles for a brake pad defect that may pose a fire hazard.

2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala sedans are included in the recall, with 205,309 of these vehicles in the U.S. and the remainder in Canada and other countries.

According to GM, the issue involves an electronic parking brake arm that applies pressure to the back of brake pads. The arm may not fully retract after use, and if this occurs the continuing contact with the rotor may create excessive heat and even result in fire.

GM has said that it knows of no injuries or accidents related to this brake defect. The automaker will notify vehicle owners and offer a free repair of all affected vehicles.

If you are interested in finding out whether your vehicle is a part of an active recall or safety alert, you can use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to conduct a search by vehicle identification number (VIN). Just click here: and enter the VIN. All incomplete safety recalls from the past 15 years from major auto manufacturers and motorcycle manufacturers are included. You can also sign up to receive email notifications of new recalls, helping you stay up-to-date on the latest safety information from the NHTSA.

Motor vehicle recalls are an important part of consumer safety in the United States. Auto manufacturers have an obligation to produce vehicles that are properly manufactured and thus free from defects. They should also design vehicles in accordance with safety standards. If a vehicle is sold to the public and a manufacturing or design defect then becomes apparent, the manufacturer has an obligation to inform vehicle owners and to take necessary measures to replace or repair the defect.

If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a vehicle defect, or if you sustained increased injury in an accident because of a poorly designed vehicle or defective auto part, you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Manufacturers can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by a defective product, meaning a consumer does not necessarily have to prove specific negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the manufacturer, only that:

  • The product was defective;
  • The consumer was using the product properly;
  • The consumer was injured; and
  • The consumer's injuries were caused by the defect.

For more information and to discuss a particular vehicle recall or lawsuit involving a car accident, please call a San Diego personal injury attorney at The McClellan Law Firm. our team is ready to talk to you about your options and rights in pursuing financial compensation for your injuries.