NHTSA, fresh off its $16 million smackdown on Toyota is now investigating the company that booted Toyota from Consumerist’s Worst Company In America tournament — General Motor — for possible brake failure issues in millions of the company’s trucks and SUVs.
According to an announcement from NHTSA, the defect involves potential brake line rupture in Chevy and GMC C/K series pickups and SUVs for model years 1999 through 2003. That is a total of around 6 million vehicles.
NHTSA says is has received 110 complaints, which include 3 crashes, regarding an alleged loss of braking effectiveness.
In their words now:
The complaints allege the loss of braking effectiveness due to brake line rupture because of corrosion. In 37 of these complaints, the brake line failure was confirmed by a dealer inspection.
FYI, right now GM is losing to Anthem BCBS in the Sweet 16 of Worst Company In America.
GM Probed By U.S. for Brake Flaws in 6 Million Trucks [BusinessWeek]