According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, General Motors is getting ready to recall around 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze models due to an issue with the power-assisted brakes. On 2011 and 2012 model year Cruze models equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the six-speed automatic transmission (a combination that excludes the Cruze Eco), the brake booster can fail, making it harder for drivers to stop, requiring more braking effort than expected.

The article says that GM has reported 27 crashes from this problem but no injuries, and the fix for the issue seems to be a new power brake vacuum pipe. GM has not announced the recall and there is no official notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website as of this writing, but doing a quick check of customer complaints shows plenty of instances where Cruze drivers lost braking power.


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      Marty
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOW, whether the subject is cars, politics, Justin Bieber, etc, there are SO many hateful and negative people on these sites, what gives ?
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marty
        They don't really have a life outside (or any real car knowledge) so they use daddy's compy to troll around on websites instead of doing homework.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could be worse. If you had a VW it would catch fire and burn you to a crisp.
      lasertekk
      • 1 Year Ago
      CNN article says its a switch. Autoblog says its a hose. Which is it?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lasertekk
        [blocked]
      mchica
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/this-gm-cars-8th-recall-comes-as-nhtsa-cracks-down.html/2/ Recall #8. Ouch
      mchica
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least the steering wheels don't fall off anymore
        mchica
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mchica
        http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/this-gm-cars-8th-recall-comes-as-nhtsa-cracks-down.html/2/ Recall #8. Ouch
      Adrian Hosein
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never buy a GM...how many issues has this car had since it's debute? good lord...
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        More than the public knows and would tolerate if it knew...
        MZR2.3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        true, and I choose not to buy GM because I don't like rewarding financial failure, funding union bosses or owning thing's assembled in Mexico.
        Daryl NHT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        My Wife and I have a 2012 with 43,000 miles on it. No problems with it. It's the best made small car I've ever been in. Judging by your idiocy you must own a Toyota.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Daryl NHT
          Is it the only small car you've been in?
        TBN27
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        It has had only 2 issues. The software update for the transmission and the modification of the engine shield so it will not catch motor oil when getting an oil change. And this is the third one, which hasn't affected me at all. Regardless What all the haters say this car is really really good. That's why more people but them than the rental car companies do.
          Jerry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TBN27
          Oh buddy, that heat shield fix was a placebo fix. Not sure how some people at GM can sleep at knowing how hard they lied and shafted Cruze customers with that. Especially folks with the manual transmission. It is amazing how hot an undersized cerametallic clutch can get relative to the flash point of DOT 3 brake/clutch hydraulic fluid... To into a dealership and check out the clutch system part numbers for a 2011MY Cruze ECO and a 2013MY Cruze ECO. Wonder why so much changed?
        Dick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adrian Hosein
        The best vehicles I have ever purchased were made by GM, my Chevy truck 280 thousand miles and only oil changes, my car 95 thousand miles and the same only regular oil changes. The first and last Honda I bought only made it to 60. Shove that up your tail pipe Hosein.
          Jerry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dick
          But you do realize that the Cruze is an Opel/Daewoo love child and that your older products were designed by GMNA in SE Michigan? I have had some 250,000+ mile GM cars too, but I do not think that is the case anymore with the crap coming from GM's international wings. If someone gets 200,000 miles out of a Cruze without replacing a head gasket, blowing a clutch pack in the trans, or cracking a control arm, I will organize a parade and fireworks show in his/her town.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man, they are determined to lose money on this thing yet! Sounds like they are still finding flammable ones out there too. Wir leben autos nicht?
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could be worse. If you had a Hyundai it would just rust away.
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The title says "brake failure". Losing the brake booster isn't brake failure, it simply means you have to press harder on the brake pedal for the vehicle to stop. Strive for accurate headlines.
      heyyyyy nugget
      • 1 Year Ago
      And you wonder if G M should stand for guaranteed malfunction instead of General Motors !!! I've always told people to save the $15000 and buy a KIa And you have less problems from a Korean car that's actually made in America go figure !!!!!!
        mjackie1982
        • 1 Year Ago
        @heyyyyy nugget
        I had a 2006 Kia Optima loved that car, I traded for a Chevrolet Cruz bad mistake. This is the second American car that I have owned since my first which was a 1972 Ford Pinto, bad mistake then. I like the Kia Optima.
      owen brown
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who need brakes when you can just cruze?
      IcoHolic
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had no idea they had sold 293,000 of these things..... who's the demographic that buys em?
        Big Squid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IcoHolic
        Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise . . .
        lrx301
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IcoHolic
        Don't do the demographic again! The Daimler stock holders voted to sell Chrysler after the demographic of Chrysler car buyers was shown.
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