Recall Reissued: Brake Pedals May Come Loose or Fall Off Certain GM Trucks

vehicles were improperly inspected under a previous recall or subsequently repaired with improper procedures

Recall Reissued: Brake Pedals May Come Loose or Fall Off Certain GM Trucks
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September 24, 2018

General Motors LLC (GM) is reissuing a recall of some 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500, 1500 Crew Cab Special Service, Tahoe Police Pursuit/Special Service, GMC Sierra 2500, and 3500 vehicles. About 42,048 of these vehicles were not repaired correctly in a previous recall and the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative.

What's the problem?

The threads on the brake pedal pivot bolt may be too short to allow for adequate engagement of the locking feature of the nut. In addition, the bolt is oriented in a way such that brake pedal force could apply torque to the bolt in a loosening direction. If the brake pedal becomes loose or inoperative, the driver may be unable to stop the vehicle. Additionally, a loose pedal may also interfere with the accelerator pedal. Either condition can increase the risk of a crash.

This recall is a follow-up to an earlier recall (16V069) in 2016 for the same problem. GM identified 42,048 vehicles that were previously recalled but need to be recalled again. Vehicles that received thread adhesive to address the previous recall and did not receive subsequent service involving the brake pedal pivot nut are not included in this new recall.

Under the previous recall, more than 37,500 vehicles that should have received repairs were improperly inspected by dealership technicians and not repaired. GM inadvertently failed to revise its service procedures for the brake pedal assembly to include instructions for properly securing the nut following a repair, which meant that any vehicle previously repaired under the old recall no longer had the recall remedy.

This condition was discovered following the failure of a brake pedal in April 2018. Service records show the vehicle was inspected under the previous recall and not repaired when it should have received repairs.

What happens next?

GM will notify owners and dealers will add adhesive to the nut and reinstall the nut with increased tightness. This service will be performed free of charge.

Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18278.