Transport Canada Investigates General Motors Brake Issues


Following a similar investigation last year in the United States, Transport Canada has opened an investigation into reports of braking issues involving nearly 250,000 full-sized pickup trucks and Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs) produced and sold by General Motors. An article on the investigation is available here.

About the Investigation

The automotive-industry safety regulator Transport Canada—following a similar probe in the United States—has launched an inquiry into braking safety and effectiveness. The investigation covers 249,700 full-sized pickups and SUVs produced between 2015 and 2017. Models affected under the investigation include:

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • GMC Yukon

Other models under scrutiny include the Chevrolet Silverado LD and GMC Sierra LD pickups produced between 2014 and 2017.

An Earlier Probe

In November 2017, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into 2.73 million SUVs and pickup trucks produced between 2014 and 2016. The investigation followed 487 reports of heightened brake pedal effort and extended stopping distance.

These issues were attributed to the deterioration of the engine-driven brake-assist vacuum pump. The NHTSA indicated it had received nine reports of low-speed collisions—and two injuries—involving vehicles with this problem. The agency said failure of the pump can reduce power-assisted braking and increase stopping distance.

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