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General Motors' recent recall woes may only be getting worse. According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 60,000 2014 Chevrolet Impala models over concerns relating to the sedan's emergency braking system.

The News reports that the NHTSA probe comes on the heels of a single complaint, citing "inappropriate activation of the emergency braking system." The official complaint states that the driver "alleges that the driver assist system inappropriately activated emergency braking bringing the vehicle to a complete stop under what the driver considered to be full braking force."

NHTSA reports that the driver "heard three to four beeps from the forward collision avoidance system" in the vehicle in question (a rental 2014 Impala with just 2,500 miles on the odometer), and that "this was immediately followed by an autonomous brake activation resulting in their vehicle being struck from the rear by another vehicle." No police report was filed following this incident, and there were no injuries.

A General Motors spokesperson told The Detroit News that the company is fully cooperating with this preliminary investigation. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


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      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brakes that break, braking while broken. Cool.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't worry - witch Marra is going to split the incompetent engineering department into two incompetent divisions and nothing is going to change. At this company they rearrange deck chairs, but they never change - Ford has changed - but they have a leader with some intestinal fortitude. Government Motors is led by Miss New GM who can't recall, doesn't know, did know but lied, and will look into that. And she'll study. This is the same garbage with a different trash collector.
        Chsutera
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Delusional rant? Saying "Government Motors" over and over? Blind praising of Ford? Looks like lasers back.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chsutera
          [blocked]
        Patriot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Glad to see you have all the answers and the ability to know everything about everything that happens in a $150B yr corporation. Witch Marra should come to you for your expert analysis of the situation. Bet she makes something happen after your expert help. I for one could not do it but you seem to have it down. Since you do have all the answers please explain how GM is winning awards for Design, Engineering and build quality for at least the last decade or more on vehicle after vehicle. Please explain that if they are so incompetent how are they able to build and sell millions and millions of vehicles in just about every part of the world every year. If everyone was as good as you that would not be an issue at all. Since most dont have all the answers mistakes can and have been made in all areas of automotive design and manufacture by any and all auto manufacturers. Just look at the poorly designed Toyota gas pedals. Engineering at its finest by the auto company sent by the almighty to save us from walking.
      Steve K
      • 1 Year Ago
      Give me a break, moron is looking for the deepest pockets to project his own stupidity upon. You want to fix America? Send all the lawyers to the bottom of the ocean (and I note most politicians are lawyers too).
      thecommentator2013
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM, what's wrong with you?? Seriously...what's wrong??
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Year Ago
      A single complaint...I am NO lover of GM, but maybe ya'll need to chill the eff out a bit on issuing a statement based on a single complaint...
        thefrownies
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Highly doubtful that Impala's brakes have problems. Think about it: "...resulting in their vehicle being struck from the rear by another vehicle." There was a crash and somebody wants money. Dragging GM into a rear-end collision (which by law is never the fault of the vehicle that got rear-ended) is a cheap shot. Ridiculous.
      Okcarl
      • 1 Year Ago
      The forward collision alert system provides no braking. I own a 2014 Impala with this option and the system has engaged several times. It provides an audible beep and flashes red lights onto the windshield from the dash. The driver of this car probably heard the alert, panicked and slammed on the brakes causing he or she to be hit from the rear.
        Patriot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Okcarl
        Actually commentator, what is wrong with you and the 6 fools who gave you up votes? This is not a vehicle issue. This is a stupid driver who did not understand what was happening issue. Take a Impala with the Adaptive system for a ride. You MUST have more than 6 active brain cells to understand what is happening when it activates. Sad only a few left on this planet who meet that criteria. The rest should stay home and watch Springer reruns so they will stop endangering the few of us left with common sense.
        sand5775
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Okcarl

        I agree with you completely okcarl.  I too own a 2014 Impala LTZ and the system never applies the brakes hard enough to cause a rear ender.  Just someone trying to shift blame.

        Doug
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Okcarl
        Correct - the collision mitigation braking steps in only through driver inattentiveness and gives more than enough warning to the driver before being activated. Plus, only the LTZ trim level is available with this feature, and I can't see one of those in a rental fleet.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      How does someone get in a wreck in an rental car and not file a police report? The rental car company will want one.
      floatgod
      • 1 Year Ago
      My goodness, GM is getting worse than the rice-burners!
        Doug
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floatgod
        Hardly - they'd have to work a lot harder to get close to that crap.
        sodamninsane
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floatgod
        nah... they're too safe. There cars stop. Toyota's accelerate.
      floatgod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Take achance, buy a Chevy...
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Want that new GM vehicle? You might want to wait a year of two.
      viggen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Your tax dollars at work... Again. Is GM possibly the worst company ever?
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @viggen
        They've managed to stay in business for over 100 years... So no, clearly no where near the worst company ever. Not even the worst automotive company ever. Also, FWIW, GM isn't owned by the government anymore.
          Quest
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Well, GM is currently claiming that they've been in business 4yrs 10 months... they're claiming they have no relation to the 100yr old company (not quite it went Bankrupt before 100) that was driven into bankruptcy by its management and labor unions... so, square that circle ;-)
          Patriot
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Quest: We can square that by saying that every company in the history of the US using the BK code to reorganize has taken the same steps GM did when they filed. Why not get on your box and scream about being screwed by these companies? Another point that proves your lack of knowledge on the subject is that GM incorporated on Sept 16, 1908. They filed BK on June 8, 2009. Looks like 100 plus years to me. You need to step back and educate yourself before talking **** about something you clearly have no business commenting on.
          Quest
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          @Patriot Educate... Haha... hey, they were swirling the drain the late summer and early fall of 08 while on there 100th, wondering how they were going to come up with the money for operations as the banks had told them they were over extended and the cupboard was bare - no more money. You sound really familiar - a real pearl - though I've seen your sorry excuses for GM before on AB, on posts relating to there 8 Million+ recall. Basically blaming the victims and they're nothing but a statistical nuance. Tell you what, need to grow up and stop being such a GM sycophant. You are the last person to be mouthing off about anything GM ;-) Like I said - a real pearl you are, bet you think your something really great huh ;-)) Keep it up ;-)
        Patriot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @viggen
        Because Toyota and KIA/Hyundai and other imports build superior products? Is it because supporting these foreign brands supports the home country exponentially more than it helps a few Americans? Or could it be you are an idiot with no concept. This is my vote. How sad you think you are smart and funny when you are neither. This of course could easily apply to many others here who would love to see GM fail and the huge jobs losses it would bring. All based on emotion, not fact. Toyota could not engineer a simple gas pedal that would not kill stupid Americans(and we have an abundance) yet GM gets blamed for one incident and Toyota gets a pass from Americans like you on a regular basis. One rental Impala gets blamed for poor driving by all parties involved and that gives you license to bash an American company responsible for hundreds of thousand of not a million or more American jobs directly and indirectly? I own a 2014 Impala 2LTZ with Adaptive cruise and crash imminent braking. Both systems work as designed if the driver has a clue they exist or at least brain stem activity when the system activates. I highly doubt the driver was advised of the system on the car and did not expect it to take over braking when the computer saw the driver was not paying attention.Either that or they are just too stupid to have such a system on a vehicle they were driving. And why did the driver behind the Impala hit the car? Sounds like they were following too close and needed the crash braking system but were probably driving a junk Toyota/Kia/Hyundai.
          Quest
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Patriot
          You need to take your own advice... "You need to step back and educate yourself before talking **** about something you clearly have no business commenting on." ;-)
          timothy.lotz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Patriot
          I agree with Patriot. I own 2 2014 Impala 2LTZs with Adaptive Cruise control and crash imminent braking!! Both of my cars breaking systems work flawlessly, as designed. I love both of my 2014 Impalas, and I especially love the automatic breaking done by my 2014 Impalas with Adaptive Cruise Control. You always need to apply common sense, and manually apply the break when you need to (i.e. you're not 100% the automatic system is going to kick in). These cars are exceptionally safe.
          timothy.lotz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Patriot
          I agree with Patriot. I own 2 2014 Impala 2LTZs with Adaptive Cruise control and crash imminent braking!! Both of my cars breaking systems work flawlessly, as designed. I love both of my 2014 Impalas, and I especially love the automatic breaking done by my 2014 Impalas with Adaptive Cruise Control. You always need to apply common sense, and manually apply the break when you need to (i.e. you're not 100% the automatic system is going to kick in). These cars are exceptionally safe.
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      How bout' investigated it's ugliness.... ?
        Trobbins88
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dane Grant
        Would you rather have the old fleet Impala design back???
          Larry Litmanen
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Trobbins88
          No, but that still does not justify the looks. Just because you use to look like Woopy Goldberg that does not mean that transforming into Rosie O'donnel or Lena Dunham makes you any prettier.
        Patriot
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dane Grant
        You and Larry. Jealous much? Is so ugly that has to be the reason people line up to look at our Impala EVERYWHERE we go. So ugly no one wants to look and sit inside. So ugly people don't have their faces pushed up against the drivers window leaving their greasy face print when we come out of a store. So ugly BMW, Mercedes, Jag, Land Rover and Maserati owners have all asked to look inside and what was under the hood. It feels good to have people drooling over the car but if it looked better maybe they would not bother me so much. Damn!
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